It’s bound to happen. Your dad gets a new caregiver and personalities clash. What do you do when your dad’s caregiver simply does not mesh with him. You don’t want him going without senior care services. There are things you can do to make sure everyone is happy.
Find Out Where the Issues Stem From
Sometimes, little things may be at the root of a senior being uncomfortable with a caregiver. Did the caregiver speak with too harsh a tone? Did something the caregiver say get taken the wrong way? If possible, spend a day in the house and see how the two interact.
As an example, one woman became very uncomfortable when her caregiver scolded her for cleaning up. The caregiver told her cleaning was the senior care company’s job. The older woman had been cleaning the home for 40 years and didn’t see why she couldn’t keep wiping down counters. That one disagreement could easily have been avoided with clearer rules.
Talk to Your Dad
When your dad is uncomfortable with a caregiver, ask questions. Find out what happened to make your dad unhappy. It could be something you can correct. If your dad is simply resistant to having someone helping out around his home, you’ll need to reassure him that the caregiver is there to help and not to take away his freedom.
Talk to Your Dad’s Caregiver
Talk to your dad’s caregiver to get the caregiver’s input. If the caregiver is following company policy, you may need to go to management to discuss issues and how to resolve them. If the caregiver is sticking to his or her own rules or beliefs, you may need to get your dad a different caregiver. You can also try to find a middle ground where both are happy.
When All Else Fails, Find Someone Else
How easy it is to switch caregivers depends on your situation. If you’ve hired a private caregiver, you’ll have to go through the hiring process and background checks all over. It can be time-consuming. It’s more convenient to use an agency.
With an agency, talk to the administrative team about your concerns. See if there is another caregiver that can be sent to spend time with your dad. It can take a little bit of time to find the right person, but an agency allows you the chance to switch caregivers until the right person is hired.
Use an agency for your dad’s senior care needs. If he doesn’t like the caregiver or finds their personalities clash, you can address the situation with the agency. A new caregiver can be assigned. If it’s a case of the caregiver not following instructions correctly, that can be addressed, too. Call a senior care agency to learn more about how caregivers are hired.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Homecare in Ardmore, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care. Call today: 484-200-7347
Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.