The Importance of Seeing The Personal Side Of In-Home Care Services
The dilemma facing nearly the nearly 20 million Americans of the “Sandwich Generation” is the ultimate triple-threat: the role of parents to their own children and grandparents to their children, while meeting the needs of their own aging parents. This group of Americans ages 40 to 60 face some challenges:
- Nearly half of them have at least one parent age 65 or older, and are either raising a minor child or supporting an adult child.
- Fifteen percent of Sandwich adults provide financial support to a parent age 65 or older.
- One out of every eight Sandwich adults provides in-home care for an elderly family member.
With the stress resulting from too many demands on too little time and never enough resources, while still maintaining jobs and living their own lives, Sandwich caregivers are prime beneficiaries of senior care’s in-home companionship and personal care services; here are 4 main ways these services alleviate everyday concerns for caregivers and their families:
Qualified professional assistance eases the burden on the family caregiver: With so many other responsibilities, the family member’s attention is constantly shifting and refocusing, providing less personal attention necessary for some very vital tasks. A professional caregiver takes care of your loved one’s need the way you do, giving you time for other things.
A professional caregiver is sensitive to the most intimate needs of seniors: Without judgment or opinion, a professional caregiver’s attention is focused on meeting the senior’s needs with dignity and privacy while encouraging as much independence as their ability allows.
It’s the smallest things that mean the most: The in-home caregivers encourage and concentrate their efforts on making a senior’s house their home: cooking with them and sitting at the table to talk and enjoy the meal, reading favorite books and magazines, looking at old photos, walking in the neighborhood, grocery shopping, laundry, light housekeeping or just sitting together and having a conversation. These everyday events, taken for granted and expected in the space of an average day, become less frequent for seniors if they become isolated by illness or location. The social interaction keeps the senior mind active, sharp and looking forward to living an active life.
The power and the payback of personal care: Professional caregivers work to keep seniors healthier without an immediate need for advanced medical care. The reward for this level of personal care is the ability to spot some aging or disability issues early:
- Medication reminders and dosing assistance ensures the correct drugs are taken at the right time, eliminating the possibility of overdosing or missed dosage.
- Help with toileting and incontinence care maintains dignity and preserves laundry cleanliness.
- Bathing and grooming assistance keeps teeth, skin and hair healthy, and provides the opportunity for the caregiver to note and discuss any changes in physical health with the family.
- Working with the senior to choose their wardrobe and bed linens and change them gives them a voice in their personal choice as well as a chance to note any changes in weight (clothes getting too big or too tight) and dexterity (loss of ability to use ties, buttons or snaps).
- Lending a hand for mobility assistance demonstrates the changing level of need when walking, sitting, standing and reaching.
The mission of Comfort Keepers is your loved one’s safety and security, and your peace of mind, knowing they are happy in their own home, enjoying activities they love, eating nutritionally-balanced meals they enjoy, staying clean and comfortable in their familiar bathroom and bedroom and walking along nearby streets and in local shops.
Our caring and committed family connection is as close as a phone call; our compassionate staff answers all your questions, schedules a home visit, and provides a detailed assessment to suit your loved one’s needs and wishes. Contact Comfort Keepers at (610) 543-6300 for information and an appointment.