The best managers know that a positive work environment encourages good communication, productivity, and efficiency. Employees are more satisfied and, in turn, become more engaged with their work.
The same goes for managing an in-home caregiver:
Trust begins by building a foundation of communication and respect. That paves the way for the collaborative relationship caregivers and adult children need. Remember to maintain transparency in communications and play fair at all times. Be honest and open, and encourage the caregiver to be, too.
At the same time, establish clear boundaries. It’s important that the caregiver understands exactly what’s expected of them. For example, should the caregiver be doing dishes? Getting the mail? Helping with the laundry? Create a detailed list that you review together on a regular basis. It’s usually a good idea to spell out the terms in a written contract that you both sign.
There are a variety of tech products that make the role of caregiver easier and less stressful. Some that you and the caregiver you’ve hired might find helpful include:
Each of these can supplement the one-on-one support provided by the caregiver and family members.
You’ve hired a caregiver to come into your parent’s home. Now you need to keep them motivated to provide the best care possible. It will likely help if they know you care about their well-being, too. Ask about the caregiver’s family. Give them a day off on their birthday. Let them know you are willing to do whatever you reasonably can to make the caregiver role a good experience.
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