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Is There a Gap Between Your Senior’s Worries and Your Own?

One of the frustrating aspects of caregiving is often that you feel as if you’re worried about specific issues while your elderly family member is worried about completely different situations. Are those situations really that far apart, though?

 

Home Health Care in Claremont CA: Senior And Caregiver Worries

Home Health Care in Claremont CA: Senior And Caregiver Worries

 

Think about What Has You Concerned

Sit down and make a list of what your biggest concerns are. You probably already know what those big concerns are, but you haven’t collected them all in one list. Some of your concerns might all fall under the same category, which can help you to collect your thoughts and get a better handle on what you can do to resolve those issues.

 

What Are Your Senior’s Worries?

As much as you might believe that you and your senior are on the same page, there are going to be some worries that she has that don’t line up with yours. That’s not a bad thing at all. This happens because your senior has a different perspective on what’s going on with her health and her life. You need to talk about what has her concerned so you can compare notes.

 

Where Do Those Concerns Overlap?

During your conversation, it’s important to make note of where your concerns overlap each other and where there are gaps. Listening is really the best thing you can do at this stage. Your senior will feel more open about what she’s thinking and feeling if she knows that you’re listening to her with an open mind and heart. Some of the concerns you each have might sound as if they’re very different, but they’re more similar than you think. For example, you might be worried about your senior being alone too much while she’s concerned that she’s not able to get to weekly book club meetings as easily. Those are actually similar concerns.

 

Find Solutions for the Biggest Concerns

Where can you put solutions in place? Senior care providers can help in far more of those concerns than you might think, especially if companionship, transportation help, and help with housekeeping tasks are high on both of your lists. It’s good to think out of the box as much as you can to find answers that help both you and your senior to feel more comfortable.

The key here is to get a handle on exactly what concerns you have as well as what your senior is worried about. From there you’re able to focus on how those concerns are similar and what you can do about the most important issues on both of your lists.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Health Care in Claremont, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care.
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Evan Loevner, CEO

As a former hospital administrator, I launched Aviva with the goal of having a more focused, direct impact on the delivery of care than I could ever accomplish within a hospital setting. For me, the joy of running an organization like Aviva In-Home Care is having the ability to positively improve the lives of individuals needing customized care. As a passionate Bay Area resident, I know that many local seniors can benefit from new approaches to in-home care, that will bring them more connection to the community, and provide families with a greater sense of comfort that their loved one is indeed matched with an ideal caregiver. This starts by including the family throughout the care planning process, a key component of the concept of “family-centered care,” which has been adopted by top medical centers. A strong communication loop between family, the caregiver, Aviva management, and community healthcare practitioners is essential for ensuring that all the needs of the client are met. While this may not sound like a novel concept, it is not commonly practiced within the home care community.

At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.

As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.

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