Scheduling an In-Home Care Provider

December 16, 2016

Home Care in Darien NY

You’ve decided, as a primary family caregiver, that you need to take two days off during the week to recharge and get some items off of your own personal to-do list. You schedule the in-home care provider amidst some parental hesitation. Your parent and in-home care provider have since become close allies. In fact, your parent has asked if they can come over a few extra half-days a week. How can you best utilize the home care provider’s time that will allow you to get the respite you need and your parent to get the optimum care they need?


Take a good look at your daily life, including the days you spend with your parent. Now, with pen and paper, be brutally honest. Write down what you truly enjoy doing during the day and what tasks and activities you could really do without. There is something that occurs during the actual writing phase that brings awareness. It’s easy to get caught up in what needs to be done. Days and activities become repetitive with little thought given to possible alternatives.


If you find mornings leave you wishing for a few more minutes of sleep or one more cup of hot coffee while leafing through the morning newspaper, here is a vital clue. Having your in-home care provider assisting your parent for a few hours in the morning will provide you the relaxing start to the day that part of you is craving. They can help your loved one greet the day, deliver hot coffee, and prepare a nutritious breakfast before helping your parent shower and dress. They can remind them of the need to take their morning medications.

If it’s the late afternoons that leave you feeling harried, consider scheduling your in-home care provider for a few hours at this time. They can arrive just in time to take a leisurely walk with your parent. Or, if you enjoy those outings, you can leave your care provider to finish light housekeeping while you take a stroll. They can also throw a load of laundry in, do the grocery shopping and prepare dinner with your parent. They will do all the necessary activities while ensuring that your parent participates, involving them in ways that promote independence while keeping them safe.

Parent’s Opinion

Don’t forget to include your parent in these types of choices. They may want to spend an afternoon down at the senior community center but don’t enjoy taking the public transportation or have been hoping to check out the new exhibit at the local museum, but know how busy you are and don’t want to go alone. Your home care provider can provide transportation as well as companionship for moments such as these.


If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Darien, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!


Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Director of Client Services at Star One Home Care
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

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