You’re quite clear that home care is the right option for your mother at this point in time. However, she expects you to be looking after her. Maybe you’ve been doing this for a while. You don’t consider yourself a caregiver, but if you are providing support and assistance to an elderly person in your family, regardless of who it is, that’s exactly what you are.
Over time, though, stress can begin to affect your life. It can hamper your career, affect your personal relationships, and even have a detrimental impact on your physical health and well-being. When you know that home care is the right option to consider, here are a few steps you may need to take.
Step #1: Talk about it.
Sit down with your loved one and talk about the prospect of relying on home care services. He or she may never have thought about it because they simply relied on you. They might even have certain preconceived notions or misconceptions about home care services, and this is your opportunity to explain the limitations on your time, benefits of home care aides, and what it can offer her.
Step #2: Discuss all options.
Because a senior has been relying on you for some time, they might be reluctant to think about other options. Explain how this is affecting your life. Talk about the stress it is causing in your life. Talk about how you need to limit the time you devote to this individual.
You can also discuss other options. When you do, when you mention every single elder care option there is; this loved one will begin to realize the value in hiring a home care aide.
Step #3: Contact an agency.
Contact a home care agency in the area and speak to an administrator. Find out the costs, the services they offer, availability, and the experience of their caregivers. When you learn as much as possible about these services, it becomes easier for you to convince an elderly loved one that this is the right option right now.
Step #4: Stay in touch with the senior.
Once a home care aide begins working with this elderly loved one, you want to be sure to stay in close contact with him or her. Let them know by saying it directly and showing them that you are going to be there for them, that they can rely on you if they have concerns, questions or anything else related to the care they are receiving. That will provide them a great deal of comfort as they adjust to this new caregiver in their life.
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Under Kyle's leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.
In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal's prestigious "40 Under 40" list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the "100 St. Louisans to Know" in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013 Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the "Top 20" small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.
Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans' benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home Care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, MO with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.