What are your initial thoughts about home care services? If you’re like most people, you have certain preconceived notions about what a home care aide is, does, and offers. You might have a number of misconceptions about these services. You may have heard certain stories in the news about caregivers or agencies. You may be worried about safety, reliability, or other factors.
If those are your thoughts, they are probably an aging family member’s thoughts, too.
As people get older and begin struggling with their own basic care, mobility, or safety, they often turn to close family and friends for help. This might include a spouse, adult child who lives in the same town, or even their neighbors. The level of help they ask for might include a ride to the store once a week, to take out the garbage for them, to get the mail, and run a few other errands.
It might seem simple and innocuous enough in the beginning, but what if the level of support and care they need increases? It usually does. Even for those men and women who are fiercely independent and have a difficult time asking for help, the moment they begin relying on support they feel the positive impact it has on their emotions and their physical body.
This elderly person might not be as tired at the end of the day because other people have been doing the physical tasks for them, at least for the most part.
When it becomes too much for friends or family to handle on a regular basis, home care is a great option.
However, because of those preconceived notions or misconceptions about home care, some seniors are adamantly opposed to the idea. Others may begin to warm up to it, and when they finally agree to rely on home care aides, or at least one caregiver for a couple of hours once or twice a week to start, they might be simultaneously thrilled to have somebody else helping them while scared about the prospect of a total stranger coming into their house.
During that first visit, it may be practical for a family member or friend to be there.
Home care aides, especially those experienced caregivers working for agencies, have been doing this for a long time. They understand the trepidation, concerns, and emotions involved in this new situation. Having a close family member or friend visiting with the elderly client on that first day the home care aide arrives is no problem. If it offers comfort and reassurance, that’s a good thing.
If a senior is feeling wary about this situation, leaning on friends and family can be a good benefit.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in North York, Canada, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.
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