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That Quick Trip to the Mall Could Boost Emotions for the Veteran Relying on Extra Care at Home

Home Care for Veterans in Allentown PA

What do you feel when you spend a considerable amount of time at home without going anywhere? Most people will readily admit they feel isolated, alone, and frustrated. This is especially trueHome Care for Veterans in Allentown PA
when people get sick and aren’t going to work and don’t feel well enough to get in the car and head to the mall, a park, or anywhere.

For the veteran who may require extra care at home, especially an elderly individual, he may not get out very often to begin with. For example, an elderly veteran in his mid to late 80s might not have many friends still around in the area. He may not wish to visit the senior center in his local community and doesn’t have family who live relatively close by.

This can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness and that can also increase the risk of depression. Being surrounded by the same four walls and same items every day can begin to wear on somebody. There are only so many I Love Lucy reruns a person can watch before they become extremely bored.

One thing the home care aide may be able to provide for the aging veteran is a trip to the mall or somewhere else that is of interest to the senior. There are many things seniors may be interested in doing, and even though a trip the mall might not seem like a big deal, it can be a great way to get exercise, see new things, window shop, and just get out and get some fresh air.

A trip to the mall doesn’t have to be an all day adventure. In fact, depending on the senior’s physical capabilities, a shorter trip may be more beneficial for him. If he requires assistance getting around, such as a walker or cane, it’s best to park somewhere close to an entryway that is easy to access. It’s also a good idea to park close to stores that he may be most interested in.

Depending on the size of the mall, the elderly veteran may not be able to walk the entire length of it. Some malls offer scooters and other transportation aids, such as wheelchairs, which may be beneficial if the veteran wishes to go through the entire mall but doesn’t have the strength and endurance to do it.

This trip to the mall could boost home care for the aging veteran tremendously.

If you are considering hiring home care services in Allentown, PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610)200-6097.

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Carole Chiego

Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager.

Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.

Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author