Being a caregiver can mean that you need to rearrange an awful lot of your own life. If you and your senior are lucky, you’ve got help in the form of other family members. But that still might not be enough to alleviate the strain of caregiving.
At some point, your senior may not be safe to drive on her own or even to use transportation options that she’s successfully used in the past. Having homecare providers available to help with transportation means that you know your elderly family member is in good hands when she needs to go somewhere. They can help with other issues when your senior doesn’t need to go anywhere.
If your aging family member has trouble with her mobility, it’s helpful to have someone who can steady her as she’s walking or help her to get up or down. They can also help to remind her to move when she’s been in one position for too long. If you’re not sure how to best help your senior with her mobility issues, they can show you what they’re doing and offer tips to make helping easier.
Errands and Other Tasks
Your aging adult may want to continue running her own errands, but you might not be able to go with her every time. Homecare providers can help your senior organize where she needs to go and what she needs to do so that she doesn’t wear herself out. On the other hand, they can also run those errands for your senior if she’s unable to go herself.
Household Chores and Tasks
Household chores don’t pause themselves because you and your elderly family member have bigger things going on, unfortunately. Laundry still needs to get washed, floors still need sweeping, and having someone to help with those tasks can be a lifesaver. In the end, getting these things done is more important than who does them.
As involved as you are as a caregiver, it’s still possible that you’re not able to be with your senior family member as much as you’d like. This is where homecare providers can step in. They can spend time with your aging adult and engage them in activities when you can’t be there.
If you’re feeling guilty about hiring homecare providers to help you, keep in mind that you can’t do everything by yourself all the time. Even with other family members to help out, you may still need more help and that is okay.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Upper Darby PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care today.
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 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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