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3 Ways an Older Adult May Connect with a Younger Home Care Aide

Home Care for Seniors in Edison NJ

Home care is one of the best options for aging individuals who begin having difficulty taking care of themselves or doing other things around the house. In many cases, though, seniors may be a bit apprehensive or even uncomfortable relying on a much younger caregiver.

Home Care for Seniors in Edison NJ

Home Care for Seniors in Edison NJ

This may be easy to dismiss at the surface, but it’s important to investigate. If a person is uncomfortable in any particular situation, it’s not going to allow them to take full advantage of the opportunities presented to them.

What kinds of opportunities are available to seniors relying on home care?

First, they can be safer. If there is another individual stopping by the house at a predetermined schedule, the senior will be able to save certain tasks, such as doing the laundry, going up or down stairs, or even getting out of bed, until that caregiver arrives.

Second, they may be more active. With that physical support, seniors can be more active than ever, as long as they rely on an experienced home care aide.

Getting comfortable with this particular caregiver, especially if he or she is a lot younger than the client, can be challenging. Here are three ways family members or other loved ones can encourage seniors to give it a chance and grow a bit more comfortable with this age difference.

1. Doing hands-on activities.

When the home care aide and elderly client are doing activities together, it can help them form a bond. This bond can be incredibly important, especially as the days turn into weeks and possibly even months.

When people do activities together, their conversations can turn to other areas of interest and before they know it, the elderly client realizes he or she has a lot more in common with this person than they initially thought.

2. Sharing stories.

When people share stories, they get to know one another better. When a home care aide who is in her 30s or 40s is talking about her childhood, her family, places she visited, her own children, or anything else, it opens up a pathway for stories the senior client can share as well.

By sharing stories, people get to know one another better and they form a stronger connection emotionally.

3. Listening to music or discussing favorite songs.

If the senior has certain songs from their youth they truly love, the caregiver can listen to those songs with the senior. They may not like it at first, but when they share stories at the same time, they can have a much deeper affection for that style or type of song.

Of course, this type of thing can go both ways whereas the elderly client may become interested in the type of music his or her caregiver enjoys.

All of these things can create stronger emotional connections between caregiver and senior client.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for a senior in Edison, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.

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Judah Schuster LNHA, CDI

Dynamic Administrator at Care Street Home Care
Judah is the administrator of Care Street Home Care Agency servicing central and northern NJ. Care Street provides unique staffing options to allow seniors to age in place- in the comfort of their own home. Judah, who is a certified Dementia instructor, has provided Dementia training to hundreds of families, facilities and clinical staff over the last 3 years. He personally ensures that every employee of Care Street is proficient in Dementia care prior to being hired. This provides piece of mind for families who want to ensure that their loved one with Dementia is being cared for by the most experienced staff.

Prior to assuming his current position, Judah served as assistant administrator at Atlantic Coast Rehab (Lakewood, NJ) as well as Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington, NJ)

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