For most people, the family is the central unit of support and encouragement throughout life. This does not change when a person gets older, in fact, the role of the family becomes even more important. Seniors who are not able to maintain a close relationship with their families often experience feelings of depression, loneliness and isolation that can lead to worsened physical illness and rapid loss of cognitive ability. The role of family caregivers in senior care is continuing to provide connection and involvement to aging loved ones in conjunction with the physical, medical and emotional support that the senior receives from in-home care providers.
Many people have the perception that if a senior has in home care services that these care providers are in control and that the family has little to do with the ongoing care of that senior. This is not the case. As his family, it is your responsibility to ensure that your aging loved one is being properly cared for, and that he is living an active, productive and happy lifestyle. This means actively involving yourself in his care, and continuing to make him an important and involved part of your family. His in home care provider acts not as an entity separate from the family, but rather as an extension of your commitment to your aging loved one receiving the highest level of care possible.
This means that this care provider will take direction from you regarding the care that she provides, and will also be flexible regarding your involvement in the care. You should not hesitate to visit your aging loved one frequently, and involved him in outings and family events. As a family caregiver, you do not need to provide daily physical or medical care in order to be an integral part of your loved one’s care. You simply need to continue providing love and support to that loved one, ensuring that he feels acknowledged and involved in the family.
If your senior deals with mobility issues or cognitive challenges that make it difficult for him to participate in family activities and outings, is in home care provider can offer valuable assistance. Home care services are not just about being in the home, but rather being a companion in life.
This means that his companion can come with your loved one during these activities to help address his needs so that he can participate in whatever way as possible, while also not requiring you or other family caregivers to handle needs or situations that you don’t know how to. This allows the entire family to enjoy quality time together, while also feeling confident that your aging loved one will remain safe and healthy.
Care Connection provides caregivers in Lansing, MI. For more information about our caregiver services, please call us today at (517) 489-2489.