How often have we heard about a senior whose physical body is beginning to fail on them, but their mind is as sharp as a tack? Most of us have heard these phrases and can comprehend what it means. Most of us have elderly people in our lives who have great memories, a wonderful sense of humor, but who might have difficulty getting out of bed, who need help getting into and out of the shower, or who simply can’t even imagine walking up and down the stairs without help any longer.
For these men and women, home care is a great option to consider. There are numerous benefits to leaning on home care providers, the most common of which is a home care aide.
What is a home care aide?
This is an individual who provides physical and emotional support to elderly clients. They may help prepare meals, assist their elderly clients in keeping the house clean, provide transportation to go shopping or to get to a doctor’s appointment, have conversations with them, play games if that’s what the elderly client wishes to do, and much more.
When a person’s mind is sharp, it can be even more frustrating to accept the changes in their physical capabilities. Being aware of what you were 10 years ago, thinking often about the things you gave up because of your diminishing strength, or even getting upset because you know how to perform a certain task, like preparing your own meal without any help, but physically can’t do it, can be frustrating.
A home care aide does not judge.
Some seniors have a difficult time asking their family, friends, or neighbors for assistance. They think it is belittling to them to have to rely on these individuals, especially an adult child. When the roles get reversed in life, that is one of the most difficult things for elderly people to accept.
Hiring a home care aide, especially somebody who works for an agency, can be a great option because they have worked with numerous other elderly clients through the years and don’t judge, don’t deny help when it’s needed, and understand how important it is for their elderly clients to remain independent and autonomous.
Instead of focusing on what they shouldn’t do, these home care providers often look at things they can do, things they want to do, and things that are important to them. They also encourage their elderly clients to stay mentally engaged to maintain a higher quality of life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for a senior in Medford, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC HomeCare Services today at 856-234-8700
Kelly C. McCabe is the co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and isalso a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.