Taking care of an elderly person is difficult, and the relationship that forms between the caregiver and the elderly person is tested often. It is conceivable for the patient receiving care to at first show reluctance toward accepting assistance or for the patient to outright reject the assistance. The interaction between the senior and the caregiver is hampered by many challenges.
However, this unique relationship has the potential to succeed once an emotional connection is made between the two people. In actuality, it is this connection that not only enables the elderly to receive care of the greatest quality but also directly affects their health and well-being, thus enhancing the seniors’ quality of life.
Researchers from Utah State University and Johns Hopkins University found that Alzheimer’s patients who had close relationships with their caregivers saw a shorter decline in their mental and cognitive capacities. It was shown that having a close relationship with their caregiver has the same healing effect as medication.
Although the research primarily focused on the patient’s own family, it is clear that having an senior home care provider that the patient can trust and who they feel comfortable with is advantageous.
It creates an open-door policy for dialogue
The emotional bond that forms as a result of the caregiver and patient working side by side aids in the formation of a mutual understanding between the two of them. The fact that it makes it simpler for the caregiver and the patient to have open discussions and interact with one another is one of the first advantages that starts to become apparent as a result of this emotional connection. This shows that the patient feels comfortable talking about different parts of their care, such as what they need and how they may get the most out of the care.
It makes trust and mutual respect easier to achieve
A patient may start to develop trust and even respect for the doctor if they see that their needs are being met. Patients’ initial resistance to care and other negative feelings toward their caregiver can put up barriers and deplete the caregiver’s energy. As previously mentioned, there could be a lot of obstacles between the patient and the caregiver.
Their ability to deliver the best care possible may be directly impacted by this. However, if a foundation of trust and respect has already been built, these challenges are easier to overcome. When these barriers are no longer in the way, the patient can receive the best care possible, since caregivers can focus on healing their client rather than distracting themselves from it by trying to soothe the patient’s negative emotions.
It creates a solid bond between people while also improving their mental health
In the end, this psychological connection leads to the development of a strong bond between the patient and the caregiver. It shows that the caregivers have a personal connection to their clients and that they sincerely want the best for them. They will go above and above for the causes they care about.
People benefit mentally and improve their quality of life when they feel emotionally linked to others. In many cases, the patient’s bond with the caregiver is one of the few relationships they have in their later years. Since this connection affects their overall health, it also improves their quality of life.
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