Aging affects a person in different ways. The body becomes physically weak, reactions become slow, muscles lose their strength, and organs become less efficient- causing an overall decline in the body’s well-being.
While older adults may try to manage everything with their diminished physical and cognitive abilities, they’re sure to experience a loss of independence and instability in their social life. And, this leads to added responsibilities for families who look for ways of supporting their loved ones while managing their lives.
Here, in-home caregivers step in to take roles of support and care for the elderly who not only assist them with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) but also offer companionship. To maximize quality care, families must ensure hiring the right caregiver according to their senior needs.
To shed some light on the same, we interviewed a home care industry expert to bring her perspective on assisting families and caregivers with elderly care.
Laurette Foggini is a family caregiver, an elder care consultant, and a celebrated author of children’s books on caregiving. The Song in Lola’s Heart and The Tale of a Hero I Know are some of her notable collections.
Laurette is an expert in elder care solutions who’s working closely with families and elder care professionals for developing solutions to care for seniors. She’s managed a network of team members for delivering quality non-medical care and has built effective relationships with community members for expanding services and growing a client base.
Let’s get started with knowing what our expert thinks of the home care industry:
Hiring an in-home caregiver for your elderly loved ones can be daunting, especially when they’ve never had a caregiver by their side before. For effective hiring, make sure to dive deep into what you and your loved one might require, some of which may be:
To ensure quality care for your loved one, don’t forget to treat the caregivers as the kind, compassionate, reliable people you expect them to be. And then have a backup plan if they are not.
Preventing caregiver burnout is really essential for maintaining a sound work-life balance. In my opinion, some tips that help you keep calm while offering quality care to seniors are:
All these tips are sure to keep you, as a caregiver rejuvenated while providing care to an older adult.
Visit to assess the situation. When you cannot visit, try to set up video calls so you can physically see your Loved Ones (check out www.sociavi.com which is an option for those technically challenged in the video calling the department.) Build your local care community or recruit a local family member or good friend to help out.
Families can prioritize care by keeping their elderly safe, some of which are:
These tips can ensure that your elderly adult is safe and in the comforts of their homes.
The Number 1 advice that works excellently well in my opinion for new family caregivers is – Don’t Forget to Make time for yourself. Stay in touch with your family and friends so they understand what you are going through and reach out to contact support groups whenever necessary.
While hiring a professional caregiver for respite purposes gives you time to recharge, it is vital to know your older adult’s requirements well ahead of time. Hiring a caregiver takes time and patience, so plan ahead and be flexible.
Our expert, Laurette, agrees that managing day-to-day responsibilities when caring for a loved one can be daunting. However, the right attitude can help you overcome all the challenges and give you time to focus on a positive caring relationship.
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