Avoid Burnout with Elderly Care Providers

Aretha had been taking care of her aging mother for just over a year when she suffered a stroke. Before that, Aretha was successfully able to balance her mother’s needs with her own family, plus continue to work. However, now her mother’s daily care needs were quickly becoming overwhelming.

Aretha had dropped from full-time to part time at her work and was not finding enough time or energy to deal with her two children, whose grades were slipping. Furthermore, Aretha was not used to doing some of the more significant daily care needs for her mother, such as helping her shower, dress, and use the toilet.  Soon, Aretha felt herself growing more irritable, tired, and short-tempered with just about everyone in her life. She knew there had to be a better way.

 

Elderly Care in Coral Springs FL: Avoiding Burnout

Elderly Care in Coral Springs FL: Avoiding Burnout

Unfortunately, Aretha’s story is quite common among family caregivers that have chosen to take on the daily care duties of an elderly relative. There are few relationships more demanding than that of a family caregiver, simply because the needs of a dependent elderly person are so great and so constant.

Many family caregivers are in danger of giving up the other responsibilities they have in favor of devoting all their time to their aging loved one. The good news is that there are elderly care services that arrange for home care assistants to come in and help both the aging adult and the caregiver.

What is Home Care?

There are many reputable elderly care agencies that provide trained professional home care assistants to work with seniors in their home with the tasks of daily living. A good agency does a careful background screening of their employees and provides training on how to work best with seniors. While a family caregiver’s first reaction to hiring home care assistance is often “no way,” after some discussion and a glimpse of how much an aide can help, their attitude often shifts to “let’s try.”

How Home Care Aides Can Help.

Home care assistants can do any number of things for an elderly adult and their family caregiver. Among the most common duties are helping with bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming, and monitoring their overall health. Other things that home care aides can help with include grocery shopping, transportation, meal preparation, lite housekeeping, companionship, and safeguarding.

The agencies will work with the family caregiver to figure out what areas need assistance, as well as how often their services are needed. Family caregivers can set up regular shifts that correspond with their loved one’s needs as well as their own. For example, if the elderly adult needs help with bathing, dressing, and grooming for the day, but does well enough after that, the elderly care aide could come every morning to help. In other cases, the elderly person can’t be left alone and therefore must have someone with them all day or night. As the elderly person’s health and ability changes, so can the schedule.

Family caregivers owe it to themselves and to their aging loved ones to investigate elderly care agencies to help everyone involved lead a better and more fulfilling life.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Coral Springs, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

 

Source:

https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/home-care/

About Jon Fedele

Jon Fedele is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Activa Home Health. During the past 15 years he has owned and operated several successful healthcare companies in South Florida.

“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.

Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.
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