When Marilyn was starting to look for a home care aide for her elderly mother, she didn’t know anything about it. She simply assumed that she’d find somebody who is just like her, dedicated to her mother, somebody who really wants to do this job, and that would be good enough.
She began searching the classified section of the local newspaper, online, and through other resources. She found somebody she assumed would be a great fit for her mother, but within a couple of days it was clear this was not going to work out.
What went wrong?
Well, Marilyn assumed she knew exactly what qualities a good home care aide would possess. She really had no foundation upon which to base these assumptions, and because she didn’t look into the various options available to her mother, she didn’t know there was something better.
In this type of situation, ignorance is certainly not bliss. Just because somebody doesn’t know very much about a particular topic, like home care support services and the various options available to seniors and disabled adults, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth learning.
What Marilyn should have done from the outset was to contact an agency.
If she had contacted a home care agency in the area, she would’ve learned that experience is one of the most important aspects of quality support for elderly and disabled individuals. Not every caregiver is going to have experience, but when they are hired for agencies, they often receive some level of training and the vast majority of caregivers working for those agencies have already worked with elderly clients, some of whom may be dealing with the same health situations this new client is at the moment.
She should have also included her mother in the search.
Marilyn could have easily included her mother in the process of searching for a home care aide. This would have not only empowered her mother, helped her to realize that she had control of her own life rather than feeling completely helpless, but it would’ve also provided her an opportunity to see various characteristics and even the personality of potential caregivers. That would’ve allowed her mother to sign off on whether she would actually be comfortable with this particular individual for a few hours a day or even for around-the-clock care.
When people are looking for care and support for themselves or a loved one, learning about the services and the various options available is the best first step because it precludes ignorance right from the start.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for a senior in Havertown, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.
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.
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