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Living With Your Home Health Care Aide

By Kim Champion

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You’ve made the decision to let an aide come into your home to assist. That was hard enough. Now you’re getting apprehensive about what to expect when the aide arrives for work. If you don’t have experience with in-home assistance, all sorts of “worst case scenarios” are whirling about in your head. And then there are the questions. What should you do if you don’t like the aide? How should you approach problems? Who supervises the aide?

Assuming that you have hired an aide from a home health care agency, you can expect a lot of support in easing your anxieties. It is the agency’s job to answer your questions in advance and resolve any issues that arise. The key to facilitating your satisfaction and comfort is good communication with the agency management and with your aide.

Here are a few tips for establishing positive relationships with your home health care professionals:

Be completely honest about your needs

Overcome any embarrassment or guilt associated with describing why you need help and what kind of help you need. Remember that you are dealing with professionals who have helped a variety of clients. They are experienced in meeting the needs of people just like you. Home Health Care professionals are prepared to deal with tough situations such as Alzheimer’s, alcoholism, Parkinson’s, strokes, incontinence and stressful family circumstances.

 

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