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How do I support my mom when her caregiver leaves?

My mom has had the same caregiver for over five years but the caregiver will be moving out of the area to be closer to her new grandchild. How do I help my mom adjust to this major change in her life?
Status: Open    Mar 09, 2015 - 07:40 AM

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Aug 20, 2015 - 01:20 PM

I concur with the answer already posted if it is doable. Or perhaps the outgoing and new caregiver could speak by phone and share information and thoughts if your Mom agrees.

Another idea would be to ask the exiting caregiver to write down the information she believes would help the new caregiver to help the Mom feel comfortable, such as any routines, what the Mom likes best about what the exiting caregiver does or says, etc.

At the same time try and get Mom to verbalize or write down what she likes most about the existing caregiver such as personality traits, what she does or says that is special, what she would like most in a new caregiver etc.

If you could drop in from time to time when the new caregiver is beginning would also make your Mom feel better. Familiarity brings a lot of comfort.

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Apr 12, 2015 - 06:02 PM

Can you get somone else to come in a few times either with the current caregiver or on alternate days?
Doing this your Mom will get used to the "new" person before the longtime caregiver leaves and the new one will get a hang of the routine and will be able to learn from someone that has been doing this for a long time.
The transition may still be difficult but at least your Mom will not be dealing with someone completely new while feeling the loss of the previous person.
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