Caregivers can do so much more than light housekeeping, simple companionship, or meal preparation. They can provide you with many other advantages when you have an aging family member that needs extra attention. Here are just three ways they can make your day better!
They Provide a Much Needed Break
Caring for an aging loved one takes a lot of energy, energy you may not always have. It’s tough when you have the regular responsibilities of daily life compounded by adding the needs of an aging family member. A trained and qualified caregiver can give you the much needed break you need to take care of yourself. Self-care is vital to your own well-being. You’re not being selfish by taking care of yourself! A recent article on HealthyPlace.com said, “Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself, sometimes called self-love. It produces positive feelings, which improves confidence and self-esteem too.” Take a break. Let a caregiver from a respected local company help you find some time for yourself!
They Give Your Loved Ones a New “Ear”
Most of us have heard the story about “Uncle Junior” and his stint during WWII many times over the years. It can be difficult at times not to say “yeah…I know”. Having a caregiver that’s new to the stories will give your senior a fresh set of ears with which to share their precious memories. A lot of this goes back to basic companion care. Your parents or grandparents may not need a lot of care, but that doesn’t mean they’re not lacking some of the quality of life aspects that a caregiver can provide.
They Can Provide You a Second Opinion
If you spend a lot of time with someone, you may not see things that those on the outside think are quite obvious. Caregivers are trained to keep an eye out for indicators that may signal other issues. Perhaps you think the “forgetfulness” is just part of growing old. It may actually be an indication that some more serious may be going on. According to Alz.org, an organization dedicated to Alzheimer's care, support and research, “one of the most common signs of Alzheimer's is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over.” A caregiver can act as a sounding board next time you’re concerned about your senior’s health.
A qualified, trained, and caring provider can benefit your family in many ways. These are just a few. Do some research and see if bringing a caregiver into your home is right for you.