Those who are not caregivers probably know someone who is providing care for a family member or friend. Every day, about 30% of U.S. adults are caring for an elderly, sick or disabled person. Many additional adults worry about their elderly parents living alone, but are not able to provide needed care themselves due to distance or other responsibilities.
One thing almost all elderly people have in common is they want to remain in their own homes. No matter how nice an assisted care or other facility may be, it’s not home. After a lifetime of being self-reliant, it’s hard to deal with a major change in living circumstances.
Senior care services provide help to both family caregivers and to elderly people who need daily assistance with some activities. Full-time family caregivers need time off. It’s very stressful to provide around-the-clock care in addition to managing all the other normal duties. It’s been said many times, but if the caregiver doesn’t care for himself or herself, they won’t be able to care for anyone else.
Respite care allows the caregiver to leave the home without worrying about the person they care for, whether it’s for an hour or a week. A trained, compassionate caregiver will provide care and companionship in the interim. It’s also useful to have a trained eye observe the person being cared for. Their experience may well enable them to spot symptoms of a problem that the family caregiver hadn’t realized the significance of. An experienced caregiver can also make valuable suggestions for making the situation easier for everyone.
Often, especially as an elderly person’s health worsens, a family caregiver needs to learn the skills needed for successful care. Training and continuing support by professional personnel can be invaluable. Care giving is never easy, but it can become easier and more productive.
Specialty Care Services offers a wide variety of services, depending upon the care plan designed to meet the unique needs of each client. Each caregiver in Washington DC, is insured, bonded and has passed a criminal background check. Other services provided by an experienced caregiver in Washington DC, include hospice care, care for those with illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, heart problems, strokes, mental illness or depression. Visit their website to learn more about how they might be of benefit.
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