5 things to look for in a senior home care professional
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Home health care is the most comfortable alternative for geriatric/senior patients, who are often faced with age afflicted difficulties in mobility and function. But there are certain aspects one must consider when choosing a health care professional for senior citizens to ensure that they are safe and taken care of in the best possible way, while in their own environments.

Verification & Certification

Safety is key and safety concerns are at peak when it comes to home care. A healthcare professional must be verified and certified by way of background and character checks. There are many organizations that conduct these verifications and certify professionals in the field of healthcare. One may thus request for such a certificate or approach a verified organization while choosing a healthcare professional. In case of regular visits check-ups, a meet with the patient and the family may also be arranged, before the professional can start providing care.

Experience

Doctors and nurses with an experience of handling senior citizens are prepared for most of the challenges or hurdles that are commonly faced by them, including the concerns that they are gripped by themselves.

Cleanliness

With age, our immunities take a toll and we easily attract infections present in our environments. Senior citizens are more prone to such infections and the professional must maintain hygiene which includes personal hygiene as well as that of the patient and their environment. Caregivers must also have undergone certain tests before coming on board to provide care, and possess clean medical reports of themselves to ensure that they do not pose health risks to the patient.

Gender

The patient needs to be comfortable receiving care and while the gender of a healthcare professional may not be relevant in most cases, in cases where cleaning or grooming of the patient is involved, or even while providing certain types of medical aid, it is essential that we check with the gender of the healthcare professional so that it matches with that of the patient. This ensures comfort of both the caregiver and the patient.

Temperament

Senior citizens go through emotional changes on an almost daily basis, as nature brings new hurdles their way causing them to depend on those around them to perform their daily activities. It is essential for a health care professional, especially one for geriatric patients, to maintain a positive and patient attitude at all times. A high degree of tolerance and compassion is extremely important when dealing with the elderly, and a person who is trained in lessons of emotional support and can very well manage their temperament can meet these requirements, thus making the patient feel at ease and respected, all through their path to recovery.

Written by Amit Sharma
Amit is a Content Writer with Care24. He has a passion for reading and likes to keep track with the latest innovations in medical field.

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