Finding A Compassionate Caregiver: 3 Reasons Why You Don’t Need To Wait

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Many people think that they need to wait until they’re no longer able to take care of an aging loved one before they consider hiring an in-home health care provider. Fortunately, that’s not the case! There are many reasons not to postpone finding a compassionate caregiver for your loved one.

  1. Improve Relationships by Preventing Burnout

According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, primary caregivers spend upwards of 20 hours per week focusing on caregiving tasks. Over time, this can lead to burnout which can make it much more difficult to maintain positive relationships. An in-home caregiver can give primary caregivers and loved ones the chance to attend to their own personal health and wellbeing and recuperate from the stress of their caregiving responsibilities.

  1. Adapt to Changing Ability Levels

Professional caregivers are another set of eyes to help families see changes that need to be made to the home environment or care routine. Through their special training, they may also be able to implement techniques that make daily tasks safer or easier to accomplish making it much easier to maintain a loved one’s well-being in the long-run.

  1. Take Time to Find a Good Match

It’s hard to think clearly about finding a caregiver who “fits” with your family in an emergency situation or when you’re exhausted, burned out and desperate for help. Instead of waiting until your responsibilities become too much of a burden, it’s helpful to begin the process of finding an in-home caregiver early. This will give you the chance to bring the caregiver into your life gradually and on your own terms.

At David York Agency, we are committed to providing the best in-home care services. We like to consider our clients family, and it shows in the personalized, compassionate care our professionals provide. Although choosing a home health care provider can feel like a big decision, you’ll ultimately be glad that you made the choice.

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate home caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free consultation can help you decide what services might be best to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.

A Compassionate Caregiver Provides the Help You Need to Keep Your Loved One With Alzheimer’s Safe

“Where’s Dad?” Panic sets in when you realize your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease has wandered off alone.  Dealing with a loved one with this dreaded disease can be very challenging at times, if not downright terrifying.  

compassionate caregiverAn Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis can put a lot of stress on a family. While at first it may seem manageable, unsafe situations can arise, such as the loved one getting lost and not being able to recall where he lives or what his name is, or leaving the fire on the stove lit for hours after forgetting they were simply boiling an egg. These events are alarming for family members who feel helpless in the face of this disease. Furthermore, having to make decisions about that loved one’s ongoing care can catapult the family into uncharted territory. The decreased function and changed behavior of the Alzheimer’s patient is a huge adjustment that must be accounted for.

If the thought of a residential facility doesn’t sit well with you, a compassionate caregiver might be the solution. While many nursing homes are more than capable of caring for an Alzheimer’s patient, keeping your loved one at home has many advantages. A familiar setting often keeps their precious long-term memories close at hand, possibly slowing the rapid progression of the disease. Additionally, moving a patient out of their home can sometimes cause great anxiety which, in and of itself, can speed the progression of dementia.

If you’ve decided you want to keep your loved one home, but you can’t be there 24 hours a day, you will need to set up a situation where they can be both safe and happy. Elderproofing, much as you would for a baby, will be necessary. You will have to keep doors locked with elder-proof devices. You will need kitchen safety knobs on the stove and latches on the ovens. You will need to make sure the bathroom is safe from fall hazards and that the temperature on the hot water tank is set low enough not to burn. You may also want to put a GPS tracking device on your loved one, in case they get out unescorted. The National Institute of Aging has a comprehensive home safety booklet for Alzheimer’s patients that you might find extremely useful.  

In terms of their day to day care, it might be prudent for you to turn to an in-home caregiver, such as a certified home health aide, to help with tasks you cannot manage.  An experienced, compassionate person can come in to help your family member with meals, hygiene assistance, household tasks or simply to offer a little companionship. When your loved one lives far away, this becomes especially essential. However, even when they are close by, a professional caregiver can ensure that family members are not too taxed and that everyone can go on with their normal routine as much as possible.  

If you think an in-home caregiver is financially unfeasible, it’s important to know your options. If your loved one had the foresight to purchase long-term care insurance, then many of our services are covered under those policies. Also, some of the elderly qualify for Medicaid after their assets have declined.

If you live in the New York City area, the David York Agency offers highly-personalized home health care services so that your family member can stay in the comfort and familiarity of their own home, while all of you deal with the stress of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Our health care professionals are highly-trained and capable of handling not only medical situations but also the day-to-day running of the home. Many of the families we serve come to see our providers as family members, as they become integrated into the everyday lives of the household.

For more information on David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free consultation can help you decide what services might help you and your loved ones. To hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn. For any of your questions concerning elder care, contact us.