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Five Surprising Things Your Mom Gains by Hiring a Caregiver

By Denise Roskamp

You've been weighing the pros and cons of bringing caregivers into your mom's home. She needs the help, but the thought of having a stranger caring for her scares you. Home care services end up changing your mom's life. Here are five of the surprising things she gains with the help of a caregiver.

Confidence

Living at home alone can strip the elderly of their confidence. Your mom's finding it hard to negotiate stairs when heading up to bed or down to the laundry room. She's having a hard time keeping up with yard work. She gets tired after changing sheets or vacuuming main living areas. The harder she struggles, the more her confidence fades.

With a caregiver helping her tackle things like laundry, light housework, and linen changes, your mom won't struggle. She gains confidence that she really is okay living at home.

Friendship

As friends move away to retirement communities, other states, or pass away, your mom is going to become lonely. If she can't drive, which is possible as her vision and reaction times change, she has no way to get out and meet people. A caregiver is a friend she gains. The caregiver can take her to senior centers for socialization and keep her company at home.

Improved Health

Does your mom forget to take her medications? Is she relying on quick meals like canned soup or TV dinners? A caregiver helps with both of those issues. Your mom's health is better as her diet improves and she's regularly taking medications. A caregiver can join her on walks. Her emotional health also improves with regular conversation.

Independence

If she doesn't drive, it's unlikely your mom often leaves the house. When you visit, she may go out with you, but when you're at work, she's at home. She may be scared to go for long walks alone. She spends her day watching TV, reading, or napping. With a caregiver, she becomes independent. She has rides where she needs to go. She doesn't have to move to an unfamiliar location. She can stay independent in her own home by getting help when she needs it.

Peace of Mind

Your mom no longer has to worry about falling and not having anyone notice for hours or days. She has company when she wants and time alone when that's what she desires. She no longer has to struggle to carry in grocery bags or take laundry downstairs. She knows she's safe and secure with help when she needs it.

Take that step. Call Home Helpers of Metrowest Boston to discuss all of the benefits caregivers offer. Involve your mom in the process, and you'll find her happier, healthier, and enjoying herself at home. All it takes is a call, and you'll help improve your mom's mental and physical health.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN CONCORD, MA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS TODAY. CALL NOW (508) 545-0164.