Home Care for Seniors in Norwood MA
November is National Home Care and Hospice Month and when seniors need extra support around the house, or they have reached their end-of-life and need some care to provide comfort and relief in their final days, home care providers and hospice nurses are a great asset.
There are many things an experienced home care aide can do for an elderly client. Many of these things that experienced caregivers offer or provide are actually a lot better than what family members could do. That’s not to say family members cannot make good caregivers, but far too often people have no prior experience supporting elderly or disabled adults, so they may miss some great opportunities for improved care for those individuals.
Here are five things an experienced home care aide can actually do to help those in need.
1. They can provide physical support.
Sure, and so can family members. However, are the senior and the adult child, for example, going to be comfortable helping that elderly individual get undressed, get into and out of the shower, or even assist with bathing or toileting?
A home care aide is viewed as a professional, as they are, so it may be more comfortable for the senior to rely on support from them for these intimate and personal matters.
2. They offer encouragement.
Yes, and so do family members. However, is a family member, such as an adult child, going to encourage their mother or father to get outside, do some gardening in the spring and summer months, or go to the park? Not always.
In fact, family members have a tendency to discourage their elderly loved one from taking part in a variety of activities amid concerns for their safety. The more experience a home care aide has, the easier it is for them to offer the kind of encouragement seniors need to stay positive.
3. They can help keep track of appointments.
Again, so can family members. However, while some family caregivers may be working, a home care aide who drives might be able to offer transportation for the senior to get to and from those appointments.
4. They can offer reminders.
When it’s time to take a certain prescription medication or to do something else, a home care aide can be right there to offer that necessary reminder. It’s a lot better than an alarm or phone call.
5. They offer companionship.
When many family members provide home care support to elderly loved ones, they get caught up in trying to do things around the house, such as clean, cook, and more. They miss opportunities to just sit down, watch a good movie, play a game, or have a conversation.
Experienced home care aides can offer invaluable companionship for seniors in need.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in Norwood, MA, please contact the caring staff at Care Resolutions. Helping Hands, Happy Hearts. Specializing in Quality Care in Eastern Massachusetts. Call Us! (508) 906-5572.
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