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Self-Care Awareness Vital to Serve Others

By Debbie Humphrey

I am in the business of caring for people, so seeing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, and facing that reality here at home with Hurricane Irma, is simply heartbreaking. When the video went viral in social media of the nursing home residents sitting in waist-deep water in their wheelchairs, I was sickened. Thank goodness, the administrator’s family members got word out so those elderly residents could be transported safely to a shelter within a matter of hours!

The poor people in and around Houston who were impacted by the catastrophic flooding resulting from the hurricane lost a lot more than their possessions. They lost their daily routines; they lost levels of their independence; and in so many cases, they lost their peace of mind.

It almost seems fitting that September is National Self-Care Awareness Month, because it serves as a reminder that we each need to do our own personal inventory to examine our needs as individuals and take care of those needs, so we can best serve others.

I love the famous quote attributed to the late Muhammad Ali, “Service is the price we pay for our room here on earth.” He had a valid point. What would’ve happened to those people stranded in their flooded homes if no one but first responders stepped-up with their tall vehicles, boats and floats to help rescue them? The death toll would be much higher, without a doubt.

Taking care of ourselves is very important, especially if others depend on us to be there for them. What happens to the senior living alone, with no family close by or friends to tend to certain needs? How do they perform self-care? Often times, illness or physical and mental impairments prevent them from performing the simplest of tasks. This happens more often than you might think.

Fortunately, caregivers, like the ones with Home Helpers, are available to help 24/7/365.

Whether a senior needs transportation assistance to doctor’s appointments, or someone to do the grocery shopping, execute light housework, prepare meals, lend a hand with personal hygiene, or provide basic companionship, I know there is someone available to help!

If you know a senior who is unable to care for themselves the way they should, give me a call. I am happy to offer a FREE in-home consultation to determine if a professional caregiver can provide the assistance needed for that special senior someone. #AllLivesMatter

Home Helpers® proudly serves male and female seniors in Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Holiday, New Port Richey, Trinity, Port Richey, Hudson and surrounding areas. Contact me today to learn more about the many services offered through Home Helpers® We are Making Life Easier℠ 727.972.2539