Starting in-home services can be stressful. When going to appointments at a clinic or office, the expectation of what the staff needs from you is clear. However, with in-home services, the structure can be quite different. “What do I need?”, “Am I supposed to help?”, “What do they need from me?”, etc. All these questions race through your mind right before you start in-home services. Here are 7 tips to help prepare you and your family for in-home services:
Ensure you know exactly who is coming into the home and what services they are going to provide. Being aware of the provider and their service allows you to build a professional relationship that ensures that your family and the provider have open lines of communication.
Open lines of communication will guarantee a smooth transition into services and open dialogue about programming.
Keep lines of communication between you and the provider. Let them know the best modes of communication (i.e. phone, email, etc.)
Find out what information they need to know at the start of each session.
Provide an update on how their day has been, any routine changes, medication changes, updates on services, etc
Follow up with them at the end of a session to get an update on how the session went.
Exchange phone numbers with providers and their supervisors in case of cancellations, running late, scheduling issues, etc.
The main objective of in-home services is to ensure your child is maintaining skills with everyone in their life. In-home services are used to ensure that when a child is with their family, everyone has the confidence and tools to help set your child up for success in every corner of their life.