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Brighten the holidays for seniors
- Home bound clients have happy and bright holidays with indoor plants like the Amaryllis
- Non-medical in-home caregiving rules of privacy and HIPA
- Professional In Home Caregiving encompasses the entire family
- Professional caregiver enhances quality of life through recording the clients legacy
Warm up the Client’s Winter Months
Cheer up the client’s home with tranquil but happy moments. The winter months and the holiday aftermath can be especially gloomy for the elderly and home bound client. This is the time of year when the caregiver needs to smile more and consider appropriate activities to help keep the client from the winter weather blues.
Learn the Client’s Interest
At all times of the year, consider the client when coming up with entertaining ideas. This is especially important during the months when depression is most prevalent.
- If the client loves jokes, bring in appropriate jokes to share.
- Bring gardening magazine and books for flower lovers.
- Ask clients to share sewing or housekeeping tips.
- Bring in short stories or quips to read.
- Start up conversation and visit .
- Encourage telling of life stories.
- Look at client’s family albums with them.
- Remember family names for the next visit.
- Watch the client’s favorite T.V. shows with them.
- Some client’s want to sleep while you do the chores
- Bring bright plants to cheer the home.
- Shop with those able to go out.
- Make outings safe and fun.
It’s all about the client’s needs and wishes.
Present a Fun and Cheerful Attitude
Keep the atmosphere light hearted and cheery as possible, but don’t overwhelm the client.
- Listen more than talk.
- Encourage client by asking interesting questions.
- Be truly interested and focused on them.
- Listen carefully. Clients should not have to repeat themselves
- Be careful not to monopolize the conversations.
- Never disagree with client’s point of view. It is their home and their space.
- Never take the client’s frustrations or words personally. It is not about anyone else.
Respect Client’s SpaceKeep a respectful distance.
- Be careful not to hover, but stay at an appropriate distance in front of the client.
- Be aware if there is a hearing problem and speak clearly and loudly enough to be heard.
Respect the clients wishes
If the client wants to rest, or has company. respectfully and quietly take care of the chores.Make sure that the client is warm and comfortable.
Never change the temperature, T.V., or stereo, unless told to do so by the client or family.
(Homes may be uncomfortable and too warm for the caregiver, so layering clothing is always advisable.)
Stimulate Senses of Hearing and Smell
- Play soft music.
- Bake cookies and bread can warm the house and bring a sense of coziness.
(If the client is able to help with the baking or cooking, the in home caregiver should assist, but not take over the full activity.)
Above all, greet client with a smile and cheerful sincere words. At the end of the shift, leave with a cheery “I’ll see you next time.” Leave a sense of well being that the caregiver is eager to come back to see them.
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