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Caregiver Must-Have: Privacy
When you are a caregiver, sometimes you have workers in your home assisting with your loved one. The extra help is great, but a major concern could be your lack of privacy. The last thing you want is to feel like you have to walk on egg shells in your own house. So you might be wondering, how can you maintain privacy while having other people working in your home?
We've compiled a few helpful tips!
The first thing you'll want to do is set very specific boundaries for your team. These boundaries should be discussed within the interview phase and during your startup meetings. Boundaries might include certain rooms as off-limits, parking preferences, or even a request for them to bring their own water bottle. Take time to consider your boundaries and then make sure they are known.
Consider a room or a couple rooms in your house that will be off-limits to your team. This room is important for a few reasons. Firstly, it will be your getaway and secondly, it will house important and very private items. This means, you should be keeping any and all important paperwork and files locked safely within this space. AND, if this is going to be your sanctuary, make sure you decorate it nicely with your comforts. Think a comfy chair, fuzzy blanket and your favourite candle. While on the topic of comforting spaces, consider our blog post about finding your centre.
Don't Rush your Bathroom Visit
This one may sound a little crazy, but don't rush your visit to the bathroom. When you feel like you just need a moment, take a little extra time behind that closed door. Wash your face if need be, take a moment to find your centre or scan social media for a few minutes.
Having private places in your home is important not only to secure important information, but also for the mental health of your family. All of you need spaces where you feel like you can relax and be yourselves without having to worry about being seen and potentially judged by others.