When a loved one moves into a long-term care community, caregivers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their loved one is well taken care of. Caregivers can refresh, have peace of mind knowing their loved one is receiving around-the-clock care and feel comforted knowing they are enjoying an enriching lifestyle. Although many people think their caregiving job stops there, this is not true. Caregivers still have an important role after their loved one moves into a long-term care community, and that role consists of being their advocate, serving on their care team and ensuring positive communication.
According to Yolanda White, Administrator at The Village at Summerville, a Life Plan community in Summerville, SC, when caregivers and long-term care teams communicate effectively, it can ensure the senior receives an optimal level of care. “Not only can positive communication ensure your loved one’s long-term care team knows everything they need to about your loved one, but it can also help them provide the same level of care you would,” says Yolanda. “It’s important to still serve an active role on your loved one’s care team because no one knows them quite like you do. You know their preferences, what makes them tick and the things that make them who they are. By sharing this information with their long-term care team, you can ensure your loved one feels more at home and increasingly comfortable with their new caregivers while providing their long-term care team with the tools they need for success.”
Fostering Communication Between Caregivers & Long-Term Care Teams
To make sure your loved one is getting the high level of care they deserve in their long-term care community, try some of these ways to improve and foster communication between yourself and your loved one’s long-term care team.
- Get to know their care team. Seniors who live in long-term care communities can often have a hard time adjusting at first. The same can go for you as the primary caregiver. Just as your loved one needs to get to know other residents, you will need to get to know their care team on a personal level. Take an interest in them and find common ground. This can help you feel more comfortable in your loved one’s transition, and give you added peace of mind.
- Let them get to know you. Your loved one’s care team likely wants to know about your caregiving experiences as well as what you did before you were a caregiver. Tell them about your family, the trials of caring for your loved one and the impact it had on you. Opening up to them can help them provide you with support, reassurance and an ear to listen about the stresses you may have faced in the past.
- Tell them about your loved one’s likes and dislikes. One of the best things you can do to help your loved one’s care team get to know them is let them in on your tried-and-true caregiving secrets. Share with them the things your loved one doesn’t like, right down to things to talk about and their food choices so they can avoid them. Be sure to tell them about your loved one’s experiences, life stories and preferences because this can help them break the ice and make your loved one comfortable with them.
- Ask them to update you on your loved one’s health. It’s important for caregivers to remain connected and aware of health problems in their loved one. Some long-term care communities will meet with families to let them know of changes, but it’s also a good idea to call and check up on your loved one once in awhile. Many communities are now using special technology to keep families and caregivers informed, so be sure to talk to their care team about this, too.
- Let them know they are appreciated. As you know, caregiving can be a thankless job at times. Be sure to let your loved one’s care team know how much you appreciate what they are doing. It can be nice to bake snacks for their team when you visit Giving small gifts during holidays or even birthdays may also be something you consider. Regardless, showing your appreciation can brighten their day and give them the boost they need to keep providing the high level of care that your loved one deserves.
For more information on communicating with your loved one’s care team, contact the team at The Village at Summerville. We would be happy to provide you with expert tips, advice and guidance on how to interact with your loved one’s long-term care team as well as how to improve your loved one’s experience. Contact us today!
Enriching Senior Living
Welcome to The Village at Summerville, an 84-acre Life Plan Community in Summerville, South Carolina, just minutes from historic downtown Charleston. From magnificent trees, walking trails, small ponds, fountains and a peaceful prayer garden to multiple indoor retreats – bungalow-style patio homes, brick cottages, apartments, a wellness center and chapel – you’ll discover just how enriching senior living can be.
Longevity & Innovation as a Life Plan Community
The Village at Summerville is a Life Plan Community, offering a wide range of senior lifestyles and services including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation.
We believe a Life Plan Community should allow future planning and living to merge. Having a plan in place – and the security of access to a continuum of healthcare services – grants residents the freedom to live life to the fullest.
A Legacy of Service
As one of the Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina, The Village at Summerville is a compassionate Christian ministry committed to enriching the quality of life for seniors of all faiths. Built on the values of relationships, service, teamwork and excellence, we ensure our mission and faith are honored daily. While striving to create the highest quality of retirement lifestyles for our residents, we work each day to enrich the spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being of seniors and their families, with our deep heritage leading the way.
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