Experienced home care aides can provide a number of benefits to disabled and senior adults who need assistance. All across the country, though, many family members step up to try and provide this level of care and support to their loved ones without even considering home care options.
They often have certain misconceptions or preconceived notions about home care aides and other providers. In reality, many of these aides as well as potentially visiting nurses and physical therapists, would love these family caregivers to know a few things.
Tip #1: Experience matters.
When you’re hiring or looking for a professional caregiver, experience makes a world of difference. The more experience a home care aide has, the more it’s going to benefit the elderly or disabled clients. Hiring through an agency gives family members the best opportunity to find the experience their loved one deserves.
Tip #2: Stress is probable.
Caregiver stress is not just something that could happen, but is most likely going to happen before long. When you realize that caregiver stress is going to begin affecting you, even though it might not be touching your life just yet, you can get out in front of it and get some support, which is best in the form of a home care aide.
Tip #3: Seniors deserve respect.
You’re concerned about your elderly mother. You want her to be safe. However, that doesn’t give you the right to decide what care she receives or things she avoids. She deserves the respect of you sitting down and talking about these options and expressing your concerns. If she doesn’t agree with you and you can’t see eye to eye, you still need to respect her independence and autonomy. She’s earned it.
Tip #4: It can affect relationships.
Caregiver stress is going to impact relationships. Your support of this elderly individual may be completely out of an act of love, but it can affect your marriage, your friendships, work life, and much more.
Tip #5: The need for care could become long-term.
When a person needs support and care at home, it may be viewed as something short-term. However, it could very well turn into a long-term prospect. When people begin receiving assistance for little things, like taking out the garbage, cleaning the house, or doing the laundry, they have a tendency to become dependent on that help.
This elderly person may have no choice about it, though. A medical emergency, injuries, or something else can make it so that they can no longer do some of these things without assistance.
If this level of care is going to be needed for years and years to come, just imagine how that’s going to affect your life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Chester, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-31
Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.