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If you have had home care, what was the most surprising benefit you or your loved one experienced?

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Our caregiver and Mother truely bonded and it brought a calmness to Mom. The caregiver had influence with Mom and it helped to get her to take her medication, be nicer, and actually talk to me as a human being. Anyone else have the same things happen? Our caregiver was trained and held responsible by her employer and I think it made a difference.

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My question asks for others to share what was the most surprising benefit, not an awful experience.
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The agency sent the sweetest lady to help my father who had Alz. She sang to him, he loved that. Then she started being a no show. We went through 2 other ladies who did the same thing.
When Mom needed a companion, I was more than thrilled at the bond they developed so quickly. When I couldn't be there, I knew mom was in good hands. When mom was low on funds, I paid this lady out of my own pocket. I sat across the table from her when we celebrated my mother's 80th birthday. A few weeks later she was living in the condo with my mother and I'm no longer welcome.
I have had bad experiences with home health care agencies,all had glowing reviews and believable personal recommendations. When and if I have to get someone to help me with my husband, I am scared to death of having this all repeated. I'm sure there are great ones out there but the trick is how to find one.
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Day - such bonding - and such accountability - is rare and definitely a huge benefit. My mom had the same experience with a wonderful lady but it took 6 months of going through inexperienced "kids" to find a good one. We told the home health firm that they needed to provide a check list of things to do in each home - depending on the elders needs - and then TRAIN each caregiver on the right way to clean, to handle food, to deal with commodes, etc.
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Wow! That's great. I'm happy for you
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Hugs. My mom was never a big hugger (we would hug goodbye when I visited her at holidays etc over the years, but not every day). So I never thought about it much. Her caregiver hugs her hello, good bye, and anytime she thinks mom needs one. Mom loves it!
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