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The Challenges of a Family Live-In Caregiver

Live-In Care Everett WA: Are You Prepared to be a Live-In Caregiver for an Aging Loved One?

Live-in Care for Seniors in Greater Bristol, CTWhen it comes to live in care for seniors, there are numerous challenges that the live-in caregiver will face. Even for a family member who has decided to move in with the elderly loved one who requires help, there are going to be many challenges to face in the coming months and years.

The Family Dynamic

One of the first things to discuss happens to deal with family dynamics. It may be a grandchild who is moving in to their grandparent’s house to take care of their loved one. It could be an adult child who decides to cohabit with their elderly parents. No matter what relationship the caregiver has to the patient, it’s important to focus on this as being a job like any other.

Just because somebody is related to the patient, that doesn’t mean they can be lax in the care they provide, offer less care than a professional living caregiver would offer, or other aspects. The best thing to do is not think about this as a family relationship, but rather an actual job.

The Aspects of a Live In Caregiver

Anybody planning on providing care for another individual, especially if they are going to live with the individual, needs to approach this as though it’s a real job. A live-in caregiver is going to be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They may be required to cook meals, assist with cleaning the house, doing laundry, and helping the elderly patient with whatever he or she needs assistance.

They may be required to get up in the middle of the night several times to assist the elderly homeowner to the bathroom, get something to drink, or any other basic care issue.

Living with the patient provides support for the elderly individual whenever they need it. A live-in caregiver doesn’t have starting and quitting times during the day. This also means they may need to adjust their schedule so they can do things they want or need to get done on their own time.

A family member planning on being a live-in caregiver for a loved one needs to place the care of their family member first as a priority. If they can’t do this, it may be best to consider discussing hiring a professional live-in caregiver. Somebody who requires care around-the-clock will pose numerous challenges for themselves as well as the family member who has taken on the job as a live-in caregiver.

Guest Home Care is dedicated to helping seniors maintain full, independent lives where they most desire to live: in the comfort of their own homes. Call us at (380)328-7273.

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Bruce Guest

Over the years, the founders of Guest Home Care, Bruce and Rose Guest have developed a deep passion for helping other people. They believe that every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

In order to better assist and care for those who can't fully care for themselves, Bruce and Rose started Guest Home Care.

Their goal is to provide a higher quality of care by hiring, training, rewarding, and retaining exceptional caregivers. They invest in their caregivers because they know that quality client care begins with happy caregivers. For client satisfaction, caregivers are matched to clients according to client needs and a personality fit.

Bruce has a business background, including several years of experience in business ownership. Rose was a business major in college. While in college, she began working as a caregiver and found it to be a very rewarding experience. She continued to work as a caregiver whenever she could. Later, Rose went on to get her Nursing Assistant Certification (NAC), and vocational nursing training. She worked as a full-time caregiver for over 7 years, and was well loved by all of her clients.

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