Andrea knew that her father was going to need a lot of care when he came home from the hospital. His stroke left him without the use of the right side of his body and that was going to be challenging enough. He was 81 and that already meant that he was going to require some form of elder care before long, because he was having trouble getting in and out of the shower and other basic care issues.
Andrea was having trouble, though, with the prospect of privacy concerns. She wasn’t comfortable with the idea of having to help her father get in and out of the shower. She didn’t like the idea of having him become uncomfortable with that situation any more than she would feel awkward about it.
She knew that other elderly home care providers would likely be female, as the majority of them are, but that he would not likely be as uncomfortable with them because they wouldn’t be family.
The privacy concerns that Andrea had about helping her father and providing elder care services for him are something that many family members have when they take on that role of being an elderly home care provider for a loved one.
What to do in those situations.
When you find yourself in a situation in which you believe that privacy is going to be an issue for a family member who requires assistance, the best thing to do it sit down and talk to him or her about it. Find out what they feel would be the ideal situation for them at this time. It could be that the elderly individual doesn’t mind being helped in and out of the shower, that they aren’t abashed by the idea of their family member helping them.
It could be that the caregiver would be uncomfortable. The important aspect here is to ensure that no one is made to feel uncomfortable about any part of elder care. If you are, or if the client will feel uncomfortable at any time, then it’s time to call on a professional elderly home care provider.
Privacy for family members may be vital, or it could not matter all that much. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to privacy, though. When you keep both the caregiver and the client’s feelings in mind with regard to privacy, you’ll end up doing the best for both.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of elder care in Perinton, NY contact the caregivers at Caring Hearts of Rochester, LLC. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (585) 245-0134 for more information.
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