The title here is pretty straightforward. Let’s get down to the basics of elderly care, the brass tacks, the bare bones. The core.
If you have never provided any type of elderly care to another individual before, then you may not have any foundation upon which to draw. Being an elderly care provider is not like raising a child. They aren’t even in the same family, yet people immediately assume that since they were able to care for their child, then they will be able to care for an elderly individual.
The truth is that you must understand the basics first in order to be a good caregiver. So what are the basics of elderly care?
You absolutely must offer the elderly individual the respect that they deserve. This doesn’t mean that you don’t need to respect their space, or their independence if you don’t think that they have earned it.
No matter whether you’re an adult child taking care of his or her parent or you’ve been hired to care for someone, they deserve respect from the moment you walk through the door. If you can’t offer that to them, then you have no business being an elderly care provider.
Get to know the elderly individual. Find out what he or she needs as far as care and then find out what he or she wants. What they want and what the rest of their family thinks that they should have may be completely different things.
The more time that you spend getting to know this individual, the higher the quality of care that you offer will be.
Equip yourself with knowledge.
You may not know much about the condition that the elderly individual is dealing with, or the health condition that they are trying to recover from, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a great elderly care provider.
Read up about the situation, talk to other caregivers who have gone through what you’re dealing with now, and absorb as much information as you can. The more that you know, the more effective you will be as an elderly care provider.
If you say that you’re going to be there at such and such a time on certain days, then make sure that you are there. Being reliable is a vital component to being a quality caregiver.
When you understand and accept the basics of elderly care, you will be much more effective in your role, and the elderly individual will benefit that much more from it.