Your elderly mother was recently hospitalized. It was a bit of a shock to get the phone call. You rushed over there and after a few hours of tension and anxiety, you were a bit relieved to find out it was nothing serious. This time.
You were advised by her doctor that she should have some help at home. Living alone meant she was trying to do too much and pushed herself beyond her physical capabilities. She was lucky this time, but as her doctor mentioned, “She might not be lucky again.”
You lived in the same town, and even though you were working a full-time job, you figured this was your responsibility. You had to step up. You didn’t think much about home care options because what would that say about your feelings for her?
You certainly didn’t want her assuming you don’t care. So, you took on this great responsibility without a second thought. Now, though, a few weeks in, you’re realizing just how little time you have to devote to this great responsibility.
That’s why home care is one of the better options to consider for seniors.
It’s not that you’re unqualified or incapable of doing the job; it’s simply that many family caregivers have other responsibilities. You have a full-time job. You have specific hours when you have to be at work. You’ve scrambled at times to get over to visit with her in the mornings, but most of the time you can only stop by in the evening.
Yet, she has difficulty getting moving in the morning. That’s when she needs help the most. Maybe you haven’t realized it yet, but when you hire through an agency you get great flexibility of hours.
In other words, you can hire a home care aide to stop by and work with your mother each morning. She may be uncomfortable with having a ‘total stranger’ coming into her house, but you can be there for her the first visit or two, right? That can offer her some comfort as she gets to know this home care aide.
Then, you might discover she’s getting great support, is happy with the caregiver, and you can hire another person in the evening to work with her. Then, when you are out of work, have the time, and have the energy, you can stop by for a good, quality visit.
You wouldn’t have to rush around helping her get ready for bed, do laundry, clean up the dishes, and so forth; that will already be done. You’ll simply be able to focus on providing emotional support and being the family she needs.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in Upper Darby, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.
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