I'm asking the question because I think it's so important. I hire caregivers for mom probably twice a month for five hours. When they come, I have a list that I walk through with them...our address in case she would have to call 911...both our cell phone numbers (inviting her to call for any reason at all)...what time to feed mom (I walk her to the fridge and show her the supper I've left...usually served cold...what time to give her medicine...to watch to make sure she takes it because she puts it off...not to get her up from her wheelchair...not to give her anything salty even if she asks for it...a suggested time for ice cream...what there's to eat for the caregiver...how to use the Kuerig...about time we'll be home...AND I get her cell phone number so I can call her if we're going to be late.
I walk her thru the written list, and then I leave it with her on the cocktail table where she'll presumably sit . . . opposite mom.
Tonight, her caregiver who's sat with her before, told me that our family is the nicest one she sits for . . . why? Because she said we respect what she does, make her feel important, and are so considerate.
I thought I'd remind all of us to be super respectful of the people who watch our most prized possessions. ;) Respecting them is part of what encourages them to do a good job and to go above and beyond.