As nice it is to think about the good times that can come with ‘the golden years,’ there are some aspects of getting older that truly can be the pits. Accredited Home Care knows that there are definitely ups and downs attached to the aging process. Though there are some fun times and freedom in retirement, you may find that your body works different than it used to, your energy levels likely have decreased, and it may take longer for everything to get back to normal if a routine has been disrupted for any reason.
We All Need Help Sometimes
Seniors with serious health conditions that can require home health care may even be less excited about the mechanics of getting older. Their diet may have to change, and they may need extra help from other people with tasks that used to be simple, such as getting dressed, grooming or even using the bathroom or eating by themselves.
Their mobility may change as well, so what used to be an easy walk around the home or block may take longer or come with greater danger of falling.
The staff at Accredited Home Care knows that it’s common for our clients to sometimes be unhappy about the state of their physical health.
While they and their family members are happy to be receiving quality care and not have to relocate to an assisted living facility or be hospitalized, there can still be feelings of discouragement and regret over having someone else they don’t know so well be responsible for helping with some of these functions.
Our Goal In Providing Care
When providing care, our main goal is to help enhance their quality of life at home to prevent hospitalizations or relocation, but we also make sure we do whatever we can to respect our clients’ humanity and help them preserve their dignity as much as possible.
Our staff knows that some medical procedures can be purely mechanical, such as taking blood pressure. But we also make sure all of our clients are treated as special people with every task, and that we take time to get to know them and their family if we’re going to be important parts of their lives for the near future.
After all, we’re coming into their home to help with intimate tasks that we’ve received training in, but the conditions may be less familiar or even embarrassing to our clients, such as incontinence. We want to feel welcome but also want to make sure the clients feel appreciated and not vulnerable or overwhelmed with the new situation.
What We Can Do To Help
For the last 35 years our in-home caregivers have helped thousands of seniors in California with a variety of activities to so they can stay in their homes. Though many of our staff may work with a variety of clients throughout the week, each person has their own customized plan for services and care for daily living, which has been created with input from us, the client, their family and perhaps a health care provider.
These services can include:
- Meal planning. We’ll help organize ingredients for healthy nutritious food and prepare it. We also can assist with errands or grocery shopping if certain ingredients are needed. Clients often appreciate this level of assistance at the store or in the kitchen. This is also important because poor nutrition can impact health negatively.
- Hygiene. We can offer help with shaving, bathing, basic grooming. This assistance can reduce some of the fears of the bathroom, such as falling in the tub.
- Incontinence. Though this situation can be embarrassing for clients, it’s really a basic function that our staff is familiar with. We’re also familiar with other medically-needed related services such as catheters.
- Laundry/light housekeeping. Clients who worry about not keeping the house tidy or who may not have the strength or flexibility to wash, and put away folded clothes can receive assistance if needed. To many, a clean house provides peace of mind and a messy house can cause distress, so we can help with all of these.
- Therapies. Physical therapy sessions may cause some soreness sometimes, but they do have a useful, beneficial purpose in helping build or rebuild muscles and improve flexibility, which can help with overall mobility and for clients to stay in their homes longer.
Plenty of support
Assistance with physical needs is appreciated, but perhaps one of the more helpful services Accredited Home Care can provide to many clients is emotional support.
The idea of transitioning to new, different or higher levels of care can be difficult for some people, even if they know it’s medically necessary and can be done through home health care. They may be feeling particularly disappointed in circumstances, vulnerable about their health and uncertain of what’s ahead.
Family members or caregivers may have similar questions or concerns.
So our staff is always available to talk to clients and their families about anything. We’re happy to share our experiences with people in similar situations and let them know they’re not alone.
We also can provide access to other resources, including medical social workers to further discuss any emotional, financial or social concerns.
For more details about our services and consideration for our clients visit Accredited Home Care.