There are many different reasons why you might want a supportive in-home mental health aid. You might have an elderly relative that is having trouble with dementia or Alzheimer's. Or you might have a relative that is having issues with suicidal ideation and simply needs someone hang out with during the day in order to keep suicidal thoughts to a minimum. Here are some tips for making the most of your supportive in-home care.
1. Have a List of Calming Activities
If you have an in-home mental health aid for a relative, you will want to make sure that the aid is able to help keep your relatives calm and stable during the day. As a result, you are going to need to brainstorm with your relative to find out the most calming activities. If you have a relative that is fully in control of his or her memories, you might be able to figure out what works best for your relative. For example, if your relative is able to remember what helps with his or her negative emotions, he or she might be able to provide the aid with ideas, such as adult coloring books, certain TV shows, movies, and music, or other conversation pieces.
If your relative has dementia or Alzheimer's disease, he or she does not have full control over his or her emotions and might not be able to provide you with that information. Try to recall what you have learned from all of the time that you have spent with your relative, and give the aid a list of calming activities that make the care easier.
By having activities that the patients find calming, the aid will be able to better help your relative manage emotions and get through whatever problems that he or she is experiencing without suffering unnecessarily.
2. Show the Aid How to Nurture Positive Emotions
Next, you need to be sure that the aid that is taking care of your relative knows how to nurture positive emotions that your relative might be experiencing. If your relative has issues with memories, he or she might be more comfortable if you don't rip him or her away from whatever positive memories he or she might be experiencing. If your relative does have control over his or her memories, you need to be sure that the aid knows what topics to avoid and how to keep your relative's positive mood going.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in mental health aids.