It is no secret that many elderly people want to remain in their own homes as they age. While it is an understandable wish, it can also prove to be a challenge. Adult children are often caught between the desire to respect their parent’s wishes and the need to keep them safe. One option that allows both the parent and the child to feel comfortable is hiring an in home caregiver.
Hiring a skilled caregiver to look after your loved one allows them to stay safe and in their home. They may need this help short term, for example, if they are recovering from an illness or injury, or longer term if they are experiencing the general effects of aging. Hiring an in home caregiver allows you to bring someone in for as short or as long of a time period as is needed. It also allows you to increase or decrease the number of hours you have someone in, or the skill level needed, as your loved one requires.
A home health staffing agency will have a range of support staff available to meet the needs of you and your loved ones. Depending on your needs, they may provide certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and even therapists, such as physical, speech, and occupational therapists. Being able to participate in therapy at home is a huge comfort to many elderly patients who may not have reliable transportation or like visiting healthcare facilities due to concerns over illness.
An in home caregiver can provide a number of valuable and needed services. They can administer medications, provide wound care, perform blood draws and infusion services, and help with speech and swallowing issues. They can also provide less skilled, but no less vital services, such as helping with activities of daily living, monitoring day to day health and helping the individual and their family learn adaptions that make everyday functions easier.
Hiring an in home caregiver can provide peace of mind for both the individual and their loved ones. They can also allow an individual to remain in their home as they age. In addition, they can reduce the workload and stress on family members who provide care to the individual.