Communication is important for caregiving. Everyone involved in providing aid needs to be on the same page. It’s also important to stay in touch with the person receiving the aid. Physical distance and scheduling conflicts can make this harder for families to achieve. However, there are ways to stay in touch despite the distance.
Journals and records: Keeping a caregiving journal and writing down exactly when medications were given, or appointments made can help the next caregiver keep track of what previously happened.
Cellphones: With modern cell phones, there are a variety of ways to communicate with someone. Email, phone calls and text messages can provide many opportunities to connect.
Video chats: Many devices have web cameras now. With programs such as Skype & FaceTime, you can connect and see someone instantly. This can be a great way for distant family members to have a kind of face-to-face communication.
Websites: There are websites out there that are made for caregivers that come with ready-made tools to help with caregiving, such as online calendars that anyone in the caregiving circle can have access too.
With today’s technology, staying in touch and coordinating plans are easier than ever. It just takes knowing the resources available and figuring out which ways work best for your family.
Tracy Sacre, President & Owner of Proof of Care
Tracy is a Registered Nurse and the owner of Proof of Care, Vancouver’s leading home health company. After 20 years of nursing and 7 years of teaching caregivers, Tracy realized that the standard of care in the community for caregiving was desperately poor. In 2011 she took up the challenge and launched Proof of Care, which has gone on to provide care for hundreds of seniors, employ over 250 professional caregivers and lead the field by giving Canada’s best home care experiences daily.
Tracy can be found giving engaging speeches & seminars throughout Vancouver where she is fast becoming the authority on elder care in the home. While Tracy’s best known for her expertise in home care, her clients and staff share that her biggest impact comes from her ability to connect with seniors at an individual level and advocate for their physical and mental health.
Proof of Care service ranges from Companion Care, through to Personal Care, and Nursing – everything from keeping you company and helping with light housekeeping, to administering medications and changing dressings on wounds. All of these services are available in-home, or wherever home is – such as assisted living or long-term care living.
If you or an ageing loved one are considering Home Care Services in Vancouver, BC, please contact the caring staff at Proof of Care today on 604 986 2273, 24 hours a day.