Family Caregivers in Bensalem PA
You’ve been taking care of your father for a long time. It’s been many, many years. After his stroke, you knew your mother was not going to be in a position to help him in the ways he needed. You took time off from work, helped him get set up, and by the time he was able to get out of bed on his own, you were back to your full-time position.
As a family caregiver, though, the stress has been tremendous.
You’ve basically been getting up at 5 o’clock in the morning, not getting home until well after nine or 10 o’clock in the evening, and barely scraping four or five hours of sleep together every night. It’s taken a toll on your family, your marriage, and even your friendships.
Your best friends have stuck by you, but they have also become frustrated with the lack of return phone calls, not getting an opportunity to see you, and you not taking their advice to consider a home care aide.
Now, your father has found out he doesn’t have that much time left. He may have stopped treatment for cancer, had another stroke, or is dealing with serious heart related issues. He may be tired and worn out.
You want him to keep fighting, but he wants to live more comfortably for the remainder of his life.
That’s where hospice comes into play.
Hospice care is designed to help people become more comfortable and maintain as high a quality of life as possible during their final weeks or months in this life. Some people incorrectly assume that hospice care is only designed for people in the final, last few days of their life.
People who can still walk, bathe on their own, and even prepare meals for themselves can rely on hospice care. It’s usually reserved for those who may be within 12 months to the end of their life.
Some people prefer to rely on family, but if you are the family this person has been relying upon, and you’re not getting to spend quality time with them, then it might be best to consider something else.
Do you find yourself rushing about just to help him get everything done around the house when you stop by? You’re probably not spending quality time with him.
Hire a hospice care provider instead. This will give you the opportunity you need, and he needs, to forge a strong relationship and be able to cherish these moments that you have left with him.
If your aging loved one is in need of Hospice Care in Bensalem, PA please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice. Call today!(215) 867-5405
A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.
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