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Signs It May be Time to Change Your Home Health Aide

Choosing the right caregiver to tend to your loved one is one of the most important decisions one can make. Ideally, the first time would be the charm, however, that is not always the case. As your loved ones needs change, so may their care. If you think it may be time to change your home health aide, here are a few things you may want to look out for first.

1. Things are not getting accomplished

If specific tasks are not getting accomplished, it could be a sign that something is awry. Perhaps your loved one is not comfortable asking for assistance. Maybe the aide is preoccupied with leisurely activities. Whatever the reason try making a task list to ensure that things are getting done.

2. Your aide is late/ A No-Show

Part of doing a job well is getting to work on-time. If your aid is constantly late or even a no-show, it could be concerning as this may cause a last minute scramble for coverage. Perhaps transportation or childcare is an issue. Address the issue and give them an opportunity to improve. If you do not feel comfortable addressing the aide directly, speak with the agency regarding your issue.

3. Your Loved One is Distant

If your loved one is distant and stays away while the home health aide is present, it could be due to a number of reasons. Perhaps they are not used to having someone on their home. Maybe the caregiver doesn’t spend enough time engaging with them. Speak to your loved one to see what concerns they are having. Gradually encourage them to spend time with the home health aide in common areas like the living room or kitchen area.

Home health aides are a great addition to helping care for your loved one but it can take time to find the right fit. If your loved one is in need of home health care, contact us today to see what services we offer!

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