Everyone has different needs when it comes time to find a caregiver. Some families may need short-term, limited in home caregiving; while others may be dealing with debilitating health issues that require long-term caregiving.
When Is It Time to Find a Caregiver?
Nearly 40% of adults in the U.S. are caregivers to someone in need; often caring for a partner or aging parent.
- Quality of life – Quality of life is important. Hiring a professional caregiver can be helpful in ensuring that everyday tasks are handled; allowing you or your loved one to spend time doing what they enjoy.
- Health Problems – When you or your loved one are ill, there is peace of mind in knowing that someone is with them when you can’t be. Professional caregivers are trained not only to help care for those who are ill, but to help notice any signs of possible problems.
- Safer Living Conditions – Having a clean home, especially the bathroom and kitchen area, is part of having a safe home. It’s also important to eliminate fall risks with light housekeeping; removing fall hazards from walking areas and a caregiver can help you make sure these safe living conditions are met.
- Caregiver Burnout – If you are taking care of a loved one by yourself, caregiver burnout is inevitable. If you find a caregiver to take some of the load off, it will benefit everyone involved.
- Comfort – Many people want to age at home and this should always be an option if possible; having professional caregiving can do that. If you find a caregiver to be with your loved one at home it alleviates the need for impersonal nursing homes while offering compassionate, one on one care.
How to Find a Caregiver for Your Needs
Most caregiver needs fall into these categories:
- Health Care – The need for medical care; often from a nurse, physical therapist, or other type of professional healthcare provider in the home.
- Companionship – It’s important to find a caregiver whose personality matches that of you and your family, to offer emotional support. This type of caregiving is often preferred for those who are aging or have dementia; providing conversation and activities.
- Personal Care – Tasks such as bathing, dressing, and eating are important to your health. If these tasks aren’t being done on a regular basis, finding a caregiver to help is imperative.
- Everyday Tasks/Chores – A caregiver can provide certain tasks according to the need and abilities of your loved one. Light housekeeping, appointments, errands and more fall into this category; helping with the task entirely themselves or with the help of your loved one, depending upon your needs.
Once you decide which category or categories you need help with, you can find a caregiver to fulfill those needs. It is not unusual to have more than one need and if you find a caregiver or healthcare professional to help it can make life much easier.
National Education Association – NEA – When it’s time to hire a caregiver
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