It’s no secret that many seniors fear home care and the concept of having a stranger look after them throughout the day while their children or relatives are at work or run errands. It can definitely be a serious concern for those seniors who are sensitive or fearful naturally, but many people (especially seniors) aren’t keen on the idea of someone they don’t know being in their home, even with the best of intentions.
Reducing senior fear about home care is key to a successful working relationship as well as higher quality service in terms of care. After all, a senior who doesn’t want a home care worker could act out or make the job much harder than it has to be.
Helping seniors get over the fear of home care can be done in a few ways.
Discuss with their family members the concept of them staying with you for the first few days or week until the senior gets used to you.
Do fun things with them (if possible)
Allow them to get to know you through asking questions or chatting.
If they’re able bodied, allow them to supervise or watch you work.
Explain to them your role and how you’re there to help them.
There are many other ways you can help ease a senior’s worries about strangers being in their home. Have a chat with their relatives and loved ones and see what solutions you can come up with together to ensure a stress free experience for everyone.