Whether you are personally related to them or not, becoming a home care nurse in Racine WI for aging people can be a trying – but rewarding – task. Here are a few easily overlooked things you can focus on to make the experience as rewarding and relaxing as possible for both of you:
1) Listen, and avoid ‘I know’
A psychologist once famously stated that one of the best predictors of poor interpersonal relationships was a high frequency of the phrase ‘I know’. When people are talking, remove the rote responses we often pepper in between bits of dialog to try to sound interested. Listen directly to what the other person is saying, give them time to speak; if they don’t make much sense, try to get a sense of the feelings behind their words instead of worrying about the content.
2) Does your loved one need any utilities to help them?
Companies have been falling over themselves to make pillboxes that help people stay on schedule with their medications; they sell because they work! Think about the medications (and other health restrictions) your loved one has, and provide useful utilities like a neat, scheduled pillbox as they need them.
3) How is the caregiving location itself? Should you consider a different location?
A big issue many caregivers face is where the care is actually given. There are certainly quite a few choices in most places like Racine WI. Both for-profit and non-profit caregiving centers exist, as do ones with religious affiliations and without. Price, likewise, varies widely. Levels of assistance also vary.
Many people are in a caregiving situation, but remain torn about whether or not to put their loved ones in specialized care or bring a more experienced in home caregiver in Racine WI into the home. If you are in this position, keep looking; check online reviews, check local listings, and certainly ask local friends. Do further online searching if you think a place further away (in a specific setting) might help your loved one; exotic care locations do exist, and – believe it or not – some do their care for less than you might pay locally.
Communication is at the heart of good care, but planning takes a close second. Keep on top of both as you help your loved one.