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By KSI Companion Care
July 11, 2018
Category: Companion Care
Tags: Care Giver  

Selecting a caregiver for a family member is one of the most important things you can do to help a family member in need. Unfortunately, care giverit's not always so easy to determine if caregivers really have the compassion and expertise you and your family need. KSI Companion Care in Houma, LA, matches clients to caregivers based on a variety of factors.

What qualities does the ideal caregiver possess?

The best caregivers have one or more of these traits:

  • A Friendly Demeanor: Too often, elderly family members feel as if they're a burden to the younger generation. The best caregivers make their clients feel valued and respected and never behave as if caring for the client is an imposition.
  • Patience: Working with clients who are frustrated by mobility issues or other limitations isn't always easy. Choosing a caregiver who has infinite patience is the key to a successful relationship.
  • Initiative: Good caregivers identify what needs to be done around the house and take care of basic tasks that the client may no longer be able to perform, such as preparing simple meals or running errands. They also notice sudden changes in behavior and health and inform family members about these issues.
  • Compatible Personalities: Personalities play an important role in caregiver-client relationships. Clients who value peace and quiet won't be happy with a chatty caregiver, while those who crave conversation will be equally unhappy with a caregiver who isn't interested in engaging in small talk.
  • Competence: Good caregivers are equally adept at helping clients bathe as they are at meal preparation and caring for pets.
  • Reliability: Excellent caregivers take their positions seriously and arrive on time every day.

KSI Companion Care can help you find the best caregiver

You probably don't have the time to place ads on websites or in local publications, then screen and interview candidates. KSI Companion Care in Houma takes care of these details for you. The staff also meets with you and your family member to ensure that a good match between caregiver and client.

Do you need to find competent, friendly caregivers for a family member? Call KSI Companion Care in Houma, LA, at (985) 655-4444 to schedule an appointment to discuss the company's services and available caregivers.

By KSI Companion Care
October 04, 2017
Category: Companion Care
Tags: Care Giver  

Do you or a family member find it hard to prepare meals, get dressed or drive to doctor's appointments? A caregiver can help you or your care giverrelative maintain your independence despite your difficulties. Dr. Patrick Haydel of KSI Companion Care in Houma, LA, explains how you can benefit from the services of a caregiver.

What types of help do caregivers offer?

Caregivers aren't nurses and don't provide medical assistance. Instead, they help you or a loved one with basic daily tasks, such as dressing, bathing, grooming or using the bathroom. The services your caregiver performs will depend on your needs and preferences but may include:

  • Providing transportation to medical appointments, shopping, church and visits to friends in the Houma area.
  • Help with sitting or standing
  • Grocery shopping, meal planning, and preparation
  • Light cleaning (sweeping, vacuuming, washing dishes and laundry)
  • Assistance with medications, such as opening medications and providing reminders
  • Help with pet care
  • Performing errands, such as picking up dry cleaning or prescriptions

In addition to helping clients with the tasks that they can no longer do, caregivers also provide much needed social interaction. Regular interaction also helps keep the mind sharper and may improve a relative's enjoyment of life.

Caregivers provide much-needed peace of mind if a family member has become forgetful. When a caregiver is on the job, you won't have to worry that your loved one will forget to eat, or neglect to take medications.

How are caregivers selected?

Background and reference checks are an important part of the screening process, but they aren't the only considerations. The ideal caregivers are not only capable but also compassionate, friendly and accommodating. KSI Companion Care carefully matches clients and caregivers, considering personalities, physical limitations and other needs. Care plans aren't cookie cutter but reflect the unique needs of each client. In addition to offering in-home care, we also provide caregivers for people who are in assisted living or nursing homes.

Could a caregiver help make life easier for your or a family member? Call KSI Companion Care in Houma, LA, at (985) 655-4444 for more information.