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Strategies to Help Improve Overall Health for the Live-In Caregiver

Live-In Care for Seniors in Seattle, WA – Quality Live-In Care Depends on the Health and Well-Being of the Provider

Live-In Care for Seniors in Seattle, WAWhen talking about live-in care for seniors, most of the focus is primarily on the patient. It should be, but it is also essential to make sure that the live in home care provider is taking care of himself or herself in the best way possible.

If the live-in home care provider does not take care of themselves, it can have a direct impact, although unintended, on the quality of care the patient receives. For example, when a live-in caregiver is devoting all of his or her time and energy to the patient, to the exclusion of getting the proper amount of rest, exercise, and even relaxation, they could be more susceptible to illnesses and that can cause a decline in the quality of care provided.

Below are a few strategies that can help a live-in home care provider improve their own health and well-being, which will have a direct impact on the patient himself or herself.

Determine a reasonable schedule for working hours.

Every patient is going to be different so there is no one-size-fits-all approach to live-in care for seniors. One patient may require assistance two or three times during the night to get up and go to the bathroom. Another patient may sleep through the night without any trouble.

Each live-in home care provider should determine a reasonable schedule and then work on the next couple steps accordingly.

Plan down time.

Everyone needs time away from their primary job and responsibilities. This could be two hours during the evening once a week, or it may be some time off on the weekends. If the live-in home care provider cannot leave the patient for any length of time, they would need somebody else to come and relieve them, whether it’s another caregiver through an agency or a family member of the patient.

Get plenty of exercise.

Getting exercise is important for health and vitality. For the live-in home care provider, they might feel as though they are already getting exercise by running errands, cleaning up the house, and taking care of the patient, but this isn’t enough exercise for the average adult.

Working out, even jogging, doing sit-ups, push-ups, or anything else that elevates the heart rate for at least 15 minutes per day is productive exercise.

When the needs of the live-in home care provider are met and they improve their own personal care, it will help them stay fresh and alert, and focused on being the best caregiver possible.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Seattle, WA, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Seattle at 206-209-0903.

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Ray Fitzgibbon

Started Synergy in Seattle in 2010 with his business partner and wife, Carole. Ray was a U.S Navy enlisted submarine sailor and later an officer on surface ships. The Navy helped pay for a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. A Former employer helped him get an MBA, both at the University of Washington. The Fitzgibbon’s are longtime Seattle residents. Their son Joe in a Representative in the Washington State House of Representatives. Ray is a very active member of the West Seattle Club, serving the local community.

Our plan was to run a business that let us help others. Since that time, we have served over 550 clients in the greater Seattle area.
We run the firm using the following three concepts:
1. Common sense
2. Kindness
3. Collaboration
Many of our clients are frustrated, tired and anxious when we first start working with them. Our goal, is to do more than just provide caregivers and invoices. We solve our client’s problems. You will never hear us say, sorry we don’t do that. So we assist clients in the process of applying for and working with long term care insurance firms. We have helped clients with trust modifications, legal challenges, auto sales and repairs, home sales and many others.
Our caregivers provide email reports that we relay to family members living in other towns, keeping them in touch.
We are high contact, high involvement folks. We answer the phone 24 hours, 7 days a week.
We have a registered Nurse in our firm who helps families interact with medical staff from doctor’s offices or hospitals.
Our long term caregivers are treated like family. We love them and they love working with our clients. For us all, this work is more of a calling than a job.

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