Finding the right caregiver for every client can be a challenge. And once the right caregiver is found, forming a strong relationship between the client and caregiver can be even more difficult. These relationships take time and patience from both sides. When it is done correctly, the client/caregiver relationship can be an incredibly special bond.
Building a strong client/caregiver relationship can be done by:
Respect is key in any friendship but especially in the relationship between a client and a caregiver. The caregiver must respect the client and their family; they must understand the family’s values and personalities. The client also needs to respect the caregiver. Clients must understand that a caregiver is there to help and is chosen specifically for them because of shared interests and values. It is also important for a client to remember that this is the caregiver’s job, and how they take care of their own family. Through respect comes A wonderful trusting relationship.
Everyone in a trusting relationship benefits from clear and open communication and a client/caregiver relationship is no different. A caregiver needs clear instructions on how the client would like tasks completed and the client needs a clear understanding of what to expect from the caregiver. With a good communication line open, the trust and respect can grow.
In order to better understand one another it is important for both the client and the caregiver to share their own life experiences. Share a favorite family vacation spot or a favorite school memory. Teaching one another about their lives will bring the client and the caregiver closer together.