Building Relationships with the Family Members of Your Home Care Clients

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For your home care business, clients are the center of all you do, and a part of being successful is building a strong and lasting relationship with them. When building relationships, it’s important to remember that you aren’t just building a relationship with clients, but their family as well.

Family members want to be assured that their loved one is in good hands. You can reassure them and gain their trust by building a strong working relationship with them. Here are some suggestions from Flexiblelearning.net, with a few of our thoughts added in:

Have a clear contract with your client. When working with your clients, make sure they and their family have a clear understanding of what your businesses responsibilities are.  This way they will know if their needs can be met. As you meet with your client, plan out the services you will provide for them. Let them know what your expectations are, and have them clarify what they expect from you. Put it all in writing so you can refer back to it often.

Get to know your clients and their family. Clients are more likely to cultivate a relationship with you if you take the time to get to know them and show genuine interest. Go out of your way to meet the client’s closest family members, their spouse, children, grandchildren—and even neighbors if necessary. Find out what their interests and passions are and show that you care about the client and their needs.

Ask more questions. Go beyond the usual questions, such as “Why do you need home care?” Ask about how they are doing and how they feel. If meeting with a current client and their family, ask them what they think your business could do better and handle the feedback in a professional and grateful manner.  Don’t be defensive when feedback is provided or clients are upset.

Know when to say “no” and when to say “yes.” There may be times when a client’s family will ask more of you than you’re able to do, or comfortable doing. Be honest about the limits in the services you provide. Explain why these limits are in place. They will appreciate the honesty. Never promise services you’re unable to provide, or you will end up with upset clients and family members.

Be a problem solver. Your business was hired to provide quality home care, solving a problem for a client and their family. Make it your mission to solve the problems you were hired to solve, and don’t create more problems.  Remember to stay true to your business’s purpose. You’ll build your company’s credibility with your clients and their family by delivering what you said you would deliver. This way you will have grateful, loyal clients and family members.

Families have trusted you with the care of their loved ones. Show them that they made the right choice when they chose your company. Maintain a close professional relationship with clients and their family, gaining everyone’s trust–and gaining loyal, long-term clients.

2017-04-05T01:37:45+00:00 Mar 3, 2014|Articles|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Heidi Slapp April 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    It is critical to develope good relationships with family members. The better the relationship the more comfortable they feel for you taking care of their loved one. As an owner of an in home care company I have seen the importance of a comfortable atmosphere as a lot of time is spent tending, socializing, and exploring new ideas with the individual.

    Most Sincerely
    Heidi Slapp
    http://www.heidishelpinghands.net

  2. Home Care Pulse May 1, 2014 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the comment, Heidi. It’s good to hear about the first-hand experiences that home care business owners are having. You say it perfectly when you use the phrase “comfortable atmosphere.” It’s up to you, the business owner, to create that comfortable atmosphere that can help put a client’s mind at ease and lead to a close working relationship with family members.

  3. michaelscott May 21, 2014 at 1:40 am - Reply

    Everyone wants full care of their loved ones.So home care business owners need to know what their clients want and what they want for their family members. A clear understanding between clients and owners can create good relationship.

    • Home Care Pulse June 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      True, Michael. Home care business owners should always be aware of the client’s family members and their wishes. It can be hard to turn over a loved one’s care to a home care provider. Work closely with family members to assure them that they’ve made the right choice in selecting your company!

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