In Step #4, we discussed the power of building upon one small thing that the client will accept help with so that we can gradually extend the length of our visits. We’ll now need to employ some degree of therapeutic storytelling, which is defined as the practice of deliberately deceiving a patient for reasons considered in their best interest.
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).