Being a full time caregiver to a family member can be very emotionally taxing, it’s a difficult job and no one is equipped to do it alone. One of the first questions you may ask yourself as a caregiver is am I able to live a quality life caring for a loved one. Sometimes there’s a level of guilt for passing off care to the service of a stranger. However, studies have shown that even the most loving family caregiver needs a break from time to time to keep a healthy body and mind. Everyone needs some time off to enjoy personal time to enjoy a hobby, run errands or simply decompress. For these needs, we offer respite care to allow you some time to decompress and bring balance in your life. Below are some questions to ask yourself about whether or not you or your family are a candidate for home care.
The most common reasons families need our services
Most persons that require home care are ones that need help to complete activities of daily living, have health-related tasks or need observation and redirection of behavior to use these four categories of services:
- Activities of daily living (includes eating, toileting, grooming, dressing, bathing, transferring, mobility and positioning)
- Complex health-related functions (includes, under state law, functions that can be delegated or assigned by a licensed health care professional to be performed by a personal care assistant)
- Instrumental activities of daily living (includes meal planning and preparation, managing finances, shopping for essential items, performing essential household chores, communication by telephone and other media and getting around and participating in the community)
- Observation and redirection of behavior (includes monitoring of behavior)
There are lots of reasons why people with disabilities decide to get more help. Some don’t have a choice – because of the extent of their disabilities, because of their family situations, or because of other health issues. Some don’t have time to do all of their personal care, homemaking, and other tasks themselves. And some just plain don’t want to do these things themselves! However, regardless of the reason for getting help, most people prefer to have the entire caregiving and care receiving process be as short and un-disruptive as possible.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- You are the primary caregiver and your health is failing.
- Your loved one lives too far or out of state and alone.
- As the patient, your children work full time and have children of their own.
- Patient’s needs are so great that the family or primary caregiver is unable to take care of them without help.
- Early onset Alzheimer’s patient has spouse who is still in the workforce.
- Patient’s family promised to never put their parent in a nursing facility.
- Patient’s behaviors are such that they have been unable to stay in assisted living.
- Doctors orders for either help in the home or nursing home admission.
If you answered yes to any of these, then you should press the button below to get in touch with us via email or call us directly at 855-856-LIFE(5433) for a free needs assessment for home care.