When talking about senior care, one topic that often seems to come up is about the patient’s rights. While it is essential to ensure that the patient’s rights are maintained and that their dignity is upheld, there are also a number of rights that the caregiver has and should maintain.
A senior care service provider has many rights, and it is important for the patient as well as the patient’s family to remember this. Whether you are talking about a live-in caregiver or someone who works with the patient for a couple of hours a day, it doesn’t matter. Their rights are as inalienable as those of the patient.
Below are a few of the rights that the senior care provider has and that patients and families should respect.
The right to privacy.
A senior care service provider has the right to their own privacy. While the patient or his or her family members may be curious about the caregiver’s life, they don’t have a right to know anything about it. If you ask the caregiver where they live, whether they are married, or other personal questions and they refuse to answer, do not take this as a slight or be insulted by the refusal to answer. Remember to respect their privacy.
The right to have time off.
Even the live-in senior care provider deserves some time off. If you think that you can work every day of the week, all year long, and not have any issues of burnout or other problems, then you are deluding yourself.
Also, if you think that a live-in caregiver does not work hard throughout the day and even through the night, then you do not understand what this type of work is all about. Make sure that the caregiver gets a fair amount of time off, even if you have to provide care for your elderly loved one in the meantime.
The right to be wrong.
Everyone makes mistakes. If you expect that the senior care provider is flawless, then you are going to find that things don’t work out quite that way.
Yes we want our elderly loved ones to be safe and secure, but sometimes the caregiver makes a mistake or forgets to do something. As long as the patient is safe ultimately, learn to accept the fact that everyone is entitled to some minor mistakes.