by Karen Connelly
Making the decision to bring a Personal Care Assistant into the home to care for your loved one may come with a very real emotional weight. As such, it’s understandable that it can become a necessary responsibility that you put off. You, your family, and perhaps even friends may have successfully been providing care, and all is well. But caregiving can come with stressors that go unnoticed until, suddenly, you are met with burnout. It may be subtle, or it may be overwhelming. In either instance, knowing that it’s okay to reach out for additional support is an act of strength and self-care that ultimately makes life for everyone more comfortable.
It is proven that having a caregiver in the familiar surroundings of the home gives aging loved ones a significantly higher quality of life. When the right provider is present, offering consistency, compassion, trustworthiness, and care, patients are more likely to heal faster, maintain better physical, mental, and emotional health, and enjoy daily interaction that is enriching. Healthy, balanced meals are prepared regularly, daily exercise goals are met, genuine conversation and companionship is shared, and transportation to social activities and appointments may be provided, all of this resulting in a better life balance for all.
When families are provided regular breaks from the responsibilities of caregiving, they tend to remain more involved with care overall and, as a result, have a renewed closeness with one another. Bringing the right caregiver into the home, where your family member can age in the comfort of familiar surroundings offers, not only the benefit of being more affordable that a nursing home, but also the peace of mind that the family is providing the finest care to the one they love.
Any time is the right time to explore home care services. The right agency will patiently answer every question and concern you have and offer information and options that support your unique needs.
Grand Care Companions prides itself on the exceptional compassionate care it provides its valued families. Our team is available to support you when you need us.