A frequent complaint that we hear as a home care provider is that Mom or Dad suffer from boredom or a sense of isolation, even when they have someone with them. They may not be motivated to get busy and participate in an activity unless they are cajoled. Often, they can do many things on their own, but do not know where to start. Let’s face it, during an 8 or a 12 hour day, there is going to be down time. The time between the personal care duties and other tasks around the house when there is no “work” to be done or help needed. This is the time that used to be spent with family, going to work, taking care of others, or just doing hobbies they used to enjoy. Over time, these things occur less and less. A thoughtful, trained and engaged caregiver should have a plan for the downtime. Knowing their clients former employment, interests and passions can help prepare to inspire their client with conversation or activities that are interesting. This doesn’t just happen by chance. It starts with a culture of understanding the dynamics of home care and being proactive to make the client’s experience special.
How Can a Caregiver Help?
The Capital City Nurses way is to address all aspects of our clients’ lives. To help improve their lives we offer coaching on how to fill the downtime. Games, conversation and activities that are individual and appropriately challenging are part of the plan. Exploring new locations, getting outdoors more, or just watching a funny movie with a caregiver, who feels and behaves like a friend.
Improving the quality of a client’s life is essential. Whether they are homebound or simply just getting older, a caregiver program can be an exciting opportunity to improve their quality of life and fill the downtime.