Caregivers are essential for patients living with debilitating conditions affecting their daily lives. Not only do they assist with important daily functions, but they also ensure patients live out their days with quality and a sense of independence. However, caregivers must create meaningful relationships with more than just their patients. Loved ones and family members are just as important in the caregiving process.
Liberty Resources Home Choices provides in-home assistance for seniors and people with disabilities in the Philadelphia metro area and eastern Pennsylvania. We deliver compassionate, caring in-home care services to our community. Here, we discuss how caregivers can build strong relationships with the people they serve and their families.
As a caregiver, you are often the best resource for finding out the health status and progress of loved ones. That is because the person you care for spends most of their time with you. Caregivers are responsible for caring for a person’s daily needs, meaning you often are with them multiple days a week for hours on end. Additionally, caregivers may take people to doctor’s appointments and help them with other errands.
That means caregivers are always knowledgeable and updated on the person’s condition, health progress, and other aspects of their life. Because of this, it is up to you to ensure family members, physicians, and others are always aware of medical changes and situations. Having efficient communication skills is one way to build trust with people and their families and create meaningful relationships with everyone involved.
Displaying compassion while delivering care is a huge part of being a caregiver. That’s because many people that caregivers work with are dealing with debilitating medical conditions and disabilities. These medical conditions render them unable to complete everyday essential tasks, such as:
- Personal care, such as bathing, brushing teeth, and dressing
- Folding laundry
- Attending doctor’s appointments
Those who work as caregivers must complete these tasks for them or assist them in completing these tasks. And they must do it with compassion and kindness.
Not only can displaying empathy while completing services play a role in building trust with people under your care, but also with their families. Those who require a caregiver are adjusting to the changes in their everyday life, which can be difficult for some. Caregivers must be patient and display compassion to make people and their families more comfortable with their care.
Build Trust With the People You Serve
Building trust with patients is essential to creating strong relationships with everyone involved in a loved one’s care. Every family has its way of running things, and this dynamic can become disrupted with the introduction of a caregiver. Failing to build trust can make the transition to assisted care more difficult.
Many families worry about potential abuse or mishandling of their loved one’s care, which can lead to mistrust in the caregiving process. You must show them that their loved ones are safe in your hands. Trust cannot be established immediately – it takes time to know and understand the person under your care and their family. However, displaying signs of good communication and collaboration can help speed the process along. Additionally, if families see that you’ve made an effort to get to know their loved ones, their interests, and hobbies, this can further build trust.
Caregivers and In-Home Care Services at Liberty Resources Home Choices
Families looking for the right caregiving services can turn to Liberty Resources Home Choices. Serving the Philadelphia metro area and eastern Pennsylvania, we aim to provide accessible, compassionate in-home care services to families who need it most. To learn more about our caregivers and the services we offer, contact us today.