Apr 15, 2017 by Anonymous
It can be a very difficult decision for everyone involved to start the process of finding a caregiver. Bringing up the topic with your family members can be difficult, and accepting for yourself that someone who used to be your caregiver now needs help is hard too. If you find yourself at this point in your life, remember that there are certain questions you can ask a prospective caregiver to put your mind at ease and trust that your loved one will be receiving top quality care.
Different elderly people have different needs when it comes to getting help from a caregiver. If your loved one is frequently getting up in the middle of the night, regularly needs help with their own personal care, or is prone to sleepwalking or wandering off, then having a caregiver present around-the-clock could be the best option for you. Many families also prefer 24 hour care just in case an accident happens so that someone is there to contact emergency services as soon as possible. Most caregivers offer this service, so make sure to inquire about it during your consultation.
Not all elderly people need 24 hour care. Caregivers have very flexible schedules and can accommodate all of your loved one’s needs. Maybe they just need help with keeping the house clean or running errands. Caregivers are also qualified to help with bathing, hygiene, and keeping medications organized and properly distributed. In-home companionship is something that sounds fairly simple but it can make a world of difference in the quality of your loved one’s life. Loneliness and depressions are serious problems in the senior community, and are unfortunately not addressed enough. Ask your caregiver about what services they provide for in-home companionship.
Nutrition isn’t always front of mind when it comes to caring for the elderly, but it is extremely important for their well being and overall quality of life. Aging can cause a lack of appetite, slowing metabolism, and loss of energy, all of which can be improved by the correct nutrition. A caregiver can assist your loved one with choosing the proper nutrition that will increase their energy, strengthen their immune system, and even increase mental abilities. Assistance with grocery shopping, preparing food, and feeding can all be provided by the correct caregiver.
If your loved one has lost some mobility due to an illness, injury, or just the usual signs of aging, they might be feeling trapped and helpless in their own home. It’s essential for them to get out of the house for some fresh air and to feel like they are still a functioning member of society. Caregivers can help them do so by providing transportation either on a regular basis or as needed.
Caregivers offer help on all different levels depending on the needs of you and your loved one. They can be of assistance for a few hours per day, full time, or around-the-clock. When you decide on the caregiver that’s a right match for your elderly family member, you will collectively decide what their services will include. Some of the services provided could be bathing, personal hygiene, feeding, accommodating a special diet, or positioning and transferring to help avoid stiff muscles.
Both dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease require a particular kind of care, and your caregiver should be specifically trained to address these patients’ needs. There should be a balance between providing the right kind of care and also helping the patient maintain their sense of dignity and independence.
We are happy to go over all of these questions and any others you might have as well during the process of finding the best caregiver for your family member or loved one.