Eventually, even the most dedicated son, daughter, grandchild, or in-law is going to become overwhelmed by the task of caring for their elderly loved one. If you are in this position, it is important to know that you are not alone, and that you are not failing. Everyone needs help. And, while you may think that a senior living facility is your only option, helping your senior stay home instead can be better for them and for you. That’s why so many people rely on Joy In Service Senior Home Care to step in and assist with caregiving.
When you need help, consider hiring a professional agency rather than searching for an individual caregiver on your own. You’ll know that the person providing care has been properly screened and trained, and that their work is being supervised.
If you are providing the following types of care, you are expending a lot of physical and emotional energy, not to mention spending a lot of time, that takes away from your ability to care for yourself and tend to your own well being. There is no shame in asking for help. It is actually a sign of strength, and shows your commitment to doing the right thing for your family.
Personal care includes aiding with basic tasks like bathing, eating, dressing and using the bathroom. You can get professional assistance for a lot of this care, either for a couple of days a week, or every day. Consider getting help with supervising meal time, assisting with bath time and other personal care. You’ll know that you are leaving your senior in good hands, and can take some time for yourself without worrying.
Household assistance is available for house cleaning, shopping, cooking and doing laundry. If you are getting help for meal times, it might be a good idea to get help with shopping and cooking also. You’ll rest assured knowing that good healthy meals are being prepared and eaten.
Certainly, you want to provide the emotional support that the person you are caring for needs. But, our own emotional reservoirs are not limitless. When a caregiver’s own emotional fuel tank is on empty, no one is getting what they need. Simple companionship, going out for a stroll in the park, and engaging in conversation are important to your senior’s overall health. A compassionate, professional caregiver can step in and assist with these tasks so you can take time to build some emotional reserves.
It is important to understand the difference between medical care and assistance with home care. Most in-home care providers do not provide medical care. If your loved one needs medical supervision, make sure the person you are hiring is qualified. Trained, non-medical professionals are able to do medication reminders, get to doctor’s appointments, and supervise physical therapy exercises.
If you need some assistance, please give us a call. We are located in Omaha, NE. We provide services in the Omaha, La Vista, Millard and Ralston areas. We look forward to speaking with you.