Promote Privacy for Aging Relatives

Senior Care in Moorestown NJ: Promote Privacy for Aging Relatives

Senior Care in Moorestown NJ: Promote Privacy for Aging Relatives

More and more family members are bringing elderly relatives in to live with them, especially when the aging loved one can no longer care for themselves. Such changes to living situations can often mean some upheaval in family routines, sharing space and privacy. Family caregivers often ignore their elderly relative’s need for some basic privacy, due to juggling work, family life and caregiving. Other caregivers feel that since it is their home, their elderly relatives aren’t entitled to privacy. Sometimes, even comfortable familiarity can lead to the boundaries about privacy to be lowered.

Why is Privacy Important?

Whether the elderly person hasn’t moved in yet or they’ve been there for a while, it’s never too late to have a serious talk about promoting privacy for elderly loved ones. Privacy is important for mental health because it allows everyone to live authentically in their own space, large or small. Emotional and physical privacy are provided in different ways, but both are key to developing self-esteem, dignity and peace of mind. All too often, family caregivers ignore their loved one’s need for privacy and may incorrectly encourage others, like family members or senior care assistants, to overlook basic privacy.

Privacy and Elderly Loved Ones

So what kinds of privacy needs do elderly loved ones need when living with family caregivers? Assuming the senior is cognitively able to make their own decisions, there’s no reason for family caregivers to breech someone’s privacy. It all comes down to treating elderly loved ones with the respect they deserve and giving them the level of privacy that anyone would want. While it’s easy to consider privacy as merely just putting an aging loved one in their own room, there’s a lot more to privacy that family caregivers might understand.

Most commonly, privacy means that seniors have the right to have a solitary space that they can be free of interference or judgement. This space should be furnished and decorated according to them, and anyone else must be invited into the space. Other basic privacy expectations are being able to wash, dress and go to the toilet behind a closed door, even if they need assistance. Sometimes, family members, senior care aides and others become too casual with this aspect of caregiving and become insensitive to the elderly person’s discomfort, modesty worries and more.

Other examples of privacy violations include not getting permission before borrowing something, receiving their mail already opened, having their phone calls overheard, and having details of their personal life or medical history shared with others without permission. Family caregivers have to remember that their elderly loved ones are autonomous human beings and deserve basic privacy. It can be hard for a family caregiver to give up some of the expectations they might have of knowing what is going on in their loved one’s life or having the right to just enter the room where they stay.

Communication is the Key

Elderly loved ones have a strong sense of what is proper and private. Most of them can be very set in their ways, too. That’s why it’s very important for both sides to have discussions as far as caregiving expectations and all that goes with it, including privacy. Family caregivers need to find the balance between privacy and caregiving, especially when all they want to do is care and protect their elderly loved one.


If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Moorestown, NJ, please contact Always There In Home Health Care at 856-439-1300.

About Mariela Vila Mc Carrie

Mariela Vila Mc Carrie started Always There in Home Health Care 8 years ago inspired by her mother, who today stills sufferers with vesicular dementia.

As a family owned and run home care company she had to make several big decisions, whether to invest in a franchise or explore other options?

For Mariela after reviewing the restrictions and cost’s associated with a franchise the decision was easy the care she wanted to offer her clients should not be based on monthly franchise payment it should be based on the client’s needs.

At Always There we only hire the most qualified caregivers and in order to do that we offer an excellent starting salary. We would rather pay caregivers then a franchise company.

Mariela as the owner of Always There and unlike other owners of home care agencies, she visits every client first. We believe that if the owner cannot take the time to visit a family wanting to discuss home care for their loved then they don’t deserve the privilege of caring for that person.

As a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Certified Senior Advisor Mariela and her team of certified caregivers have provided care to families throughout south Jersey with over 60% of our clients requesting live-in care.

When deciding if homecare is right for you and your family be sure to consider the number of years a company/office has in the industry, whether or not the owners make themselves personally available 24 hours 7 days a week and most important do they only employ certified professionals to care for your loved one. After all They deserve it.
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