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Have you ever met someone who just rubbed you the wrong way? Or met someone you instantly liked? That’s chemistry—relationship chemistry. Now, imaging not having the choice to decide which of those persons you’d like to be partnered with. That’s why the care receiver/caregiver matching process is important. Being partnered with the right caregiver can dramatically increase a client’s quality of life, and vice versa. In-depth information gathering and interviewing of employees should be part of an agency’s hiring plan. With comprehensive information, the agency should be able to successfully match clients with caregivers. From the client’s point of view, this is the beginning of a relationship and should be approached with that mindset. The client, in a manner of speaking, should have the opportunity to be satisfied that she or he and the caregiver are compatible. A thorough agency won’t just send the first available caregiver out to a client. An agency that does it right will make sure that the client and caregiver are a good fit. Caregiving is very personal. Caregivers often help clients with intimate tasks in their homes and in their lives. Client and caregiver are together, often alone, for many hours on end. Getting a good fit includes ensuring that the two share a connection and are comfortable with each other. This cannot be overstressed. Well-matched clients are happier and more satisfied: they thrive. Good chemistry between the client and caregiver is an often-overlooked piece in this puzzle, but it shouldn’t be. Clients should have the right to request or refuse specific caregivers. Ideally, an agency will ensure that there are multiple caregivers, including back-up caregivers, who are acceptable […]
Use it or Lose it: The Fine Art of Downsizing Your Life Right along with the gray hair, wrinkles and wisdom you accumulate as you age, you also accumulate stuff. It’s practically a law of nature. While you may not have reached the stage where anyone would put you on a TV show, chances are your drawers and closets, attic and basement are packed to overflowing, and if you decide—or need—to make a move, you’re going to have a daunting task ahead of you. Don’t wait until you’re under pressure to weed out and whittle down your stuff. By doing it now, while you have plenty of time, you’ll make better decisions and get through this potentially emotional process a whole lot easier. Don’t bite off more than can chew Never is this old adage truer than when you’re clearing out the clutter. Tackle this monumental job in small chunks—five minutes here, 10 minutes there and one shelf at a time. Experts also recommend that you focus on categories of belongings rather than individual rooms. That way the books or framed pictures from the living room don’t just end up in your bedroom closet. Tip: Challenge a spouse or housemate to get rid of 12 items a week. Whoever gets to 12 first wins a bowl of their favorite ice cream, a back rub or whatever motivational tool you need (except of course more stuff)! Click here to find a downsizing expert When to keep and when to bid adieu If you haven’t used or worn something in two months, you probably don’t need to keep it. Think bread maker or those five sequined evening […]