George flat out dismissed the idea of hiring a home care aide. His oldest daughter stopped by one afternoon to bring him some groceries and, seeing that he hadn’t been out to do anything for several days, recommended he get some help. He told her he was fine, he didn’t need assistance, but that wasn’t the truth.
He knew about home care support, but didn’t think it was a viable option.
He, along with far too many people in this country, assumed that home care had to be hired for full-time support. He thought somebody would need to be hired for 40 hours of care every week, but he didn’t need that much help. He needed some assistance every so often, mostly during the afternoon and evening when his body was tired from the day’s activities.
George learned that agencies offer flexibility.
He not only learned that hiring a home care aide could be an incredibly affordable option, but that if he booked through an agency he would have access to flexible hours. He was completely surprised by this.
To realize he could have somebody stop by for a couple of hours one or two days a week was a surprise. It was also a pleasant surprise because that was something he could certainly afford, at least to ‘experiment’ with.
George didn’t worry about money. He had worked hard and saved sparingly. He had built up a good retirement fund and had a wonderful pension through his employer. It wasn’t a matter of cost that was most concerning to him, but rather independence.
He wanted to remain independent and the last thing he needed was to hire somebody who would suddenly start telling him what he could or couldn’t do. He had enough of that to deal with thanks to his own adult children who seemed to presume they knew exactly what was best for him.
He hired an agency and started relying on a caregiver with whom he shared some common interests. At first it was a bit awkward, inviting a total stranger to his house to help him, but that passed quickly. Within a day he was looking forward to these visits.
Not only was he enjoying companionship for a change, he was able to hold off on certain tasks, like doing the laundry or vacuuming the living room, until this caregiver was there to support him and make sure he didn’t fall or become otherwise injured.
George was relieved to know he could hire somebody for just a little help once or twice a week and that it was more affordable than he realized.
If you are considering hiring home care for seniors in Bellville, Ohio, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161. Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
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