Consistent assignments with caregivers from a reputable In-Home Care agency can provide the stability needed to help seniors stay secure and well cared for.
When a person needing In-Home Care is assigned a specific caregiver on a regular basis, that type of care is called “Consistent Assignment” and it’s a big step forward in terms of senior care quality. After all, an elder is more likely to respond to a caregiver they know and like. Remaining with a particular caregiver can help seniors stay happy and independent for longer while remaining in their own home and keeping their costs down.
Consistent care is not practiced by all care providers. Some facilities rotate all their caregivers so that each one has experience caring for every elder client. That way, if one caregiver isn’t available, someone else can step in. This is a fine philosophy, but is it the right one for every elder person?
At Sequoia Senior Solutions, we think it’s OK to play favorites.
Over the years we have seen that most elders develop an attachment to a certain caregiver. Though there are many reasons for this to happen, the primary reason seems to be the level of trust and comfort they build in their relationship. Therefore, they should always feel free to let us know if they prefer a specific care giver and ask for this specific consistent assignment as often as possible.
It could also be a good idea to ask the agency to “try out” a few caregivers so that an elder gets a chance to meet (and like) other caregivers. No one works every day, so having an elder interact with different caregivers is important. They may have one favorite, but some changes must be expected.
Of course, there will be times where an elder will have to have a substitute caregiver. That is reality. However, the more we can help our elders relax and feel secure, the better off everyone will be, and that means consistent assignment should be the goal, whenever possible.
The information in the article is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.