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Sadness and Loneliness Can Affect Anyone, so Home Care Is Something to Consider

Home Care for Seniors in Allentown PA

Feeling down, lonely, or even depressed from time to time is going to affect everyone at some point in their life. Even the most seemingly successful individuals in the world deal with sadness and loneliness occasionally. For those who reach a certain age, such as seniors, the risk of feelings of isolation, loneliness, and possibly even depression may increase.

Home Care for Seniors in Allentown PA

Home Care for Seniors in Allentown PA

This increased risk may be due to health concerns, health emergencies, friends moving or passing away, losing family members, and much more. As a person gets older, they are going to deal with increased physical challenges. Some of those challenges could be in mobility, being able to hold something due to arthritis, or simply the loss of strength as a part of the natural process of aging.

When should home care be considered? 

An elderly woman in her late 70s, for example, may be widowed, no longer able to drive, and spends most of her time at home alone. She may have a few friends in the area who can visit, and perhaps some family who make time for her once or twice a week, but what is she going to do the rest of the week?

She might do crossword puzzles, speak to friends and loved ones on the phone, watch a few television programs or movies, put together a few puzzles, and so on. After a while, even a wide range of activities can feel redundant.

Even though this woman doesn’t necessarily require a lot of physical support and assistance throughout the day, a home care aide can be a valuable asset with regard to companionship.

Not only can an experienced aide provide support and assistance in getting around the house, going to the store or doctors’ appointments, preparing meals, doing some light housekeeping, and other things, this caregiver can also sit down and spend quality time with his or her client.

There are many home care options available. 

It’s a good idea to gather information about the various home care services that are available in any given area. A person who lives in a major metropolitan region or suburban area is likely to have access to more options than somebody who lives in an extremely rural part of the country.

No matter where a person lives, though, they will have the option of relying on a home care aide for support, assistance, and even companionship. That companionship can help them stave off feelings of loneliness and possibly even some aspects of depression.

If you are considering home care 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

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