In Step #3 (Make the caregiver not a stranger), we learned about ways for a caregiver to successfully get their foot in the door with a new client who is refusing care due to their dementia. Now that things are moving in a positive direction, how we build upon that first moment of connection will chart the course of the caregiver-client relationship.
You’ve tirelessly searched for the right caregiver and found one who is a great personality match for your client or loved one. Time and energy have been spent setting that caregiver up for success by arming them with helpful client insights around personal preferences, activities and triggers. Now it’s time to give your caregiver a compelling reason for being in their new client’s home that their client will accept (hint: we’re not going to introduce the caregiver as a caregiver).
Over the years, we’ve worked with countless clients who initially resisted having care in their home when we met them. Along the way, we’ve learned a tremendous amount about how to overcome this resistance and have developed an 8-step approach to help our clients accept the care that they truly need. Our last blog post was Step #1: Choose the Right Caregiver. After all of the screening and matchmaking has taken place, your caregiver is ready to start work, right? Well, almost…there are some additional steps you’ll want to take to ensure that everything goes according to plan once care begins.