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Home Care for Seniors in Allentown PA

Winter is a tough time for most people. For the elderly, it can be depressing, frustrating, and spring and summer can seem too far away. Your mother may be in her 70s, 80s, or 90s, and she might be having difficulty with her own basic care. Maybe she was hospitalized recently and is going through her own recovery.

Home Care for Seniors in Allentown PAWhile there are certain situations that seem to be so obvious that home care would be a great option to consider, sometimes it can be much subtler. Sometimes, you may need to look at the clues more closely. Here are some things to consider if you’re wondering if the time is now to begin talking about home care options with your aging mother.

1. You’re helping her, almost daily.

You might live just down the street from her and stop by after work every day. You end up helping her with some task every single day. One day it could be the laundry. The next it could be preparing a meal. The next it could be taking out the garbage, picking up something from the lawn, or taking her to the store.

Whatever you do for her -and you get in the habit of assisting her every single day- you know home care is an option to consider.

2. You just don’t have time to help out.

You have many things going on in your life. Your job is taking up most of your time. You try to exercise, spend time with friends, or you may even enjoy traveling.

When your time is extremely limited, you may not be the kind of support your mother needs. This is especially true if you have the type of job that offers inconsistent hours or where you may need to stay late or go in early.

3. She needs support when you’re working.

Whether you’re working at a job, you volunteer, you work in the community, or you have other responsibilities to take care of, they are important. Yes, your mother is incredibly important to you as well, but that doesn’t change the fact you have a life of your own.

If your mother needs help during the day when you’re at work, how can you provide the support she needs? By talking about hiring a home care aide, even if it’s just for two hours a day to start, it will relieve a lot of stress and pressure from your life while offering her the assistance she needs right now.

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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