What can you do to help your clients stay at home?
Did you know that almost 90 percent of the 50+ age group want to age in place? Too often, seniors put off moving until staying at home is no longer safe or able to fulfill their care needs. During your home safety assessments and client supervisory visits, you can use these as opportunities to gauge and fix safety hazards to promote independence.
By listening to your caregivers about client changes or declines in condition, you can help your clients be more deliberate and confident in their decision-making processes.
The main factors that cause seniors to relocate center around their satisfaction with their current home. If your caregivers can identify what makes your clients happy and satisfied, this will keep them from moving.
Your client’s care needs may increase beyond your scope of care. If that’s the case, then you could make a referral within your network. You can reach out to a home health agency for chronic condition management, or hospice for various clinical and non-clinical therapies.
For example, if one of your clients loses a spouse, it’s important to staff them with a caregiver that is equipped to provide emotional support. Make sure that the client has a team of caregivers that they have built a strong relationship with.
When your agency collects and analyzes care notes from caregivers, double-check that you are up to date on everything that is going on with a client.