Finally, you are able to find a new caregiver for your senior parent! Excited to get started? Not yet. You have a lot of things to learn before you welcome your newest ‘member’ of the family. New caregiver orientation is a must. Here’s a guide:
- Getting consent from your parent is very important.
Getting a professional caregiver for your parent is an important decision to make. It is best to let him know that someone—other than family members—will be providing care as well. Therefore, get the senior member of the family to be a part of the hiring process.
- Offer a warm welcome—and a house tour.
When the caregiver arrives, make her feel welcome. Proper introductions should be in order. It will be a big help for everyone if the whole household is ready for her arrival. Even if there is only one patient to care for, everyone’s cooperation is needed to make it a success. After meeting the patient and family members, a house tour may follow to make her feel more at ease and at home.
- Do the new caregiver orientation—the proper way.
It is important that at the very beginning everything is made clear to both parties: the patient and the caregiver. During the new caregiver orientation, all pertinent information about the patient must be made clear—diet, nutrition, medical condition, medications, hygiene, and other physical needs. Also beneficial are the daily routine, hobbies, and interests of the patient, including the customs or traditions that the patient and the family adhere to.
Equally important are the safety plans, including contingencies for emergencies and the contact numbers of family members and institutions like the hospital and the police. On the part of the caregiver, the nursing care plan must be laid out to the patient and family members.
Everyone has his own ways of doing things, and the caregiver must be properly trained to be able to provide excellent care. She must explain to the patient and the family her caring plan. This way, all expectations from both sides and the boundaries between them are clearly laid out. A written agreement or contract can be made for this purpose before the new caregiver orientation.