The following was originally posted on the Inspired Memory Care, Inc. blog by co-owners, Kelly Gilligan and Nettie Harper, in their article on "Supportive Gifting Opportunities that Last Beyond the Holidays for Care-Partners and Persons Living with Dementia".
The holidays present a unique time for reaching out to family and friends in a thoughtful and meaningful way. If you have a family member or friend partnering with a loved one living with dementia, supportive gifting can bring success and stress-relief well into the New Year.
A strong caregiver-client relationship can be a difficult thing to achieve. There are many aspects of this unique relationship to consider when first introducing yourself to a new client. The following steps can help when establishing a sound connection with your client:
- Practice honesty, respect and compassion: Being open and honest with your client is an important part of being a good caregiver. Likewise, when you respect your client, they will be more inclined to show respect in return. They will also be more receptive when you show genuine concern for their well-being in the form of compassion.
Since late September 2018, True Care has held a TrueCaregiver Flu Prevention & Resource Fairs for all our HHAs in each of our main offices in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Our caregivers got a free flu shot as well as access to a number of services as part of our TrueEDU program. These resources included free ESL courses with JCC of Greater Coney Island, GED classes at Metropolitan College of NY, and banking and financial services from PNC Bank, just to name a few.
The True Care team was honored to receive recognition as one of the most improved agencies for the 2017 Healthfirst Quality Incentive Program for LHCSAs.
This recognition speaks to the successful year that True Care has had. True Care has shown commitment to providing patients with the best quality of care. Together with Healthfirst, True Care has focused on improving the quality of care to patients in a variety of categories including patient satisfaction, positive health outcomes, and high quality of care.
A home visit from a nurse is a valuable tool that can be used to determine the health and wellness of an individual. The visit can also predict future problems and help stop them before they occur. During a home visit, I will look at the overall cleanliness of the home. This is important because it demonstrates if the patient is being well cared for and if she can care for herself. When visiting clients in their homes you can never be sure of what you are going to learn about them.