It had been a long road to get to this point, but Don and Melinda both agreed this was the best thing. Melinda’s mother, 86 at the time, had been struggling to take care of herself for a while. Melinda had been devoting as much time and energy as she could to supporting her, and neither she nor Don really wanted to bring up the topic of home care options.
They were worried about her reaction.
Melinda was worried about how her mother would react. They didn’t really know much about home care support services or the benefits it offers, so they continued doing whatever they could to help. In the meantime, Melinda’s life was being turned upside down.
She was having a difficult time keeping on top of work, hadn’t spent time with Don, one-on-one, good, quality time, in many weeks, and was feeling overwhelmed with stress and anxiety. Before long, Don realized something had to be done. He talked to his wife about the situation, and even though they had tried to avoid the topic of home care, they needed to look into it.
They knew that.
It may have taken a long time for them to reach that realization, but when they finally did, they discovered there were plenty of great reasons why home care would be a wonderful support system for Melinda’s mother.
First, they discovered that, when they book through an agency, they could hire somebody for just a couple of hours at a time. They were under the impression that a caregiver would need to be hired for full-time care, or 40 hours a week. They didn’t think that was economically feasible at that time, nor did they think it was necessary.
When they realized they could hire somebody for just a couple of hours once or twice a week to start, it would make it much easier to transition from Melinda providing all the care for her mother to relying on home care options.
The decision, ultimately, was her mother’s.
As with most people, when they are of sound mind, the decision to rely on home care support should be theirs. Melinda and Don realized this and sat down to talk to Melinda’s mother about it. They explained the benefits they had learned, how cost-effective it was, and just how much stress and pressure Melinda was under trying to be the primary caregiver.
Melinda’s mother came to that same realization that this is a great decision going forward.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING IN-HOME CARE IN LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY 702-800-4616.
Christy has a M.A. degree in Psychology and has worked helping families for over 25 years. She has worked in various settings including social service agencies, nursing homes and schools. Christy's ultimate professional goal is to use her talents and experience to make a difference in the lives of others.
Several years ago Christy's dad started showing signs of Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Her family was faced with emotionally challenging decisions and she realized how difficult this situation can be for families. Christy wanted to use her personal experience to support others who are in the process of taking care of their elderly loved ones.
Christy has developed an exceptional support program for those providing care for elderly family members. Educational information and emotional support is available to help families cope with the stress and physical demands of caring for senior loved ones. It is Christy's philosophy that each stage of life is precious and individuals of all ages need to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.
Christy seeks out Golden Heart team members who demonstrate a nurturing, respectful and professional demeanor.Christy truly appreciates the caregivers who work for Golden Heart and provides them with exceptional educational, emotional and professional support.
Christy is honored to be supporting the families of the Las Vegas valley.
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