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How to Prepare the Home for a Live-In Caregiver

By Debbie Waddell, 10:30 am on

Hiring a live-in caregiver is a great way to ensure your senior loved one receives consistent care during all hours of the day. Here are some tips to help you prepare the home before the caregiver’s arrival.

Provide Important Information and Contacts 

All information that is essential to providing excellent Placer County, CA, live-in home care for your loved one should be easy for the caregiver to access. Some examples of important information and contacts a live-in caregiver should have include:

  • Medication schedule
  • Phone numbers for doctors, social workers, nurses, and the pharmacy
  • Emergency family contacts
  • List of allergies
  • Physical activity and therapy routines
  • Dietary needs

Prepare the Bedroom

Choose a private and comfortable room for the live-in caregiver because he or she will likely spend some downtime in this room. The room should also be secure because this is where the caregiver will store most of his or her personal belongings. Purchase new bedding that has not been used in other rooms. You will need to buy multiple sets of sheets, covers, and pillowcases so the caregiver can change the bedding as often as he or she sees fit.

Make Space in the Bathroom

Try to give the Placer County home caregiver a private bathroom, or set aside extra space for his or her toiletries and other necessary items. It is also a good idea to provide a storage container the caregiver can use to hold his or her toiletries.

Keep the Kitchen Organized 

In addition to preparing meals and snacks for your loved one, the live-in caregiver will also need to prepare his or her own meals. Therefore, the kitchen should be well organized. Put labels on the drawers and shelves until the caregiver has learned where the kitchen items are stored. Create a list of food your loved one prefers and give it to the caregiver. To make the caregiver feel more comfortable and make his or her job easier, encourage him or her to make small changes in the kitchen.

Turn to Home Care Assistance of Placer County for the high-quality live-in and 24-hour care your loved one needs and deserves. We also offer respite care as well as specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. For more information on the in-home elder care Placer County, Granite Bay, and Folsom families trust, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 916.226.3737 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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