Is Home Care for You?
By Maria M. Meyer and Paula Derr, Contributing Writers
The need to provide care for another person arises for many reasons. Often, the person who needs care does not realize it and family members must step in to help make decisions. One of those decisions involves who the caregiver will be and where care will be provided. The choices can be difficult unless you know what to consider.
When one member of the family becomes disabled, roles within the family often change. A person who took care of the family in the past or was the income provider may become dependent, while another person in the family takes on added, often unfamiliar responsibilities. For a single person, the changes may involve a new dependence on non-family members. Just the word “dependence” can cause unpleasant feelings. Being
able to talk openly about fears, anxiety, frustration, and doubts can be very helpful in dealing well with these new facts of life.
Discuss chronic care needs with the person’s medical team to learn what treatments; adjustments and other changes may be necessary. For some people, training to provide medical treatments, advice on coping with the challenges of chronic illness, and some long-range financial planning will be enough. For others, in-home personal assistance is the best option. Sometimes a nursing home or assisted living center is the better choice for everyone involved.
In making the decision for home care, it is important to be realistic about what the person in your care needs, and what you, the caregiver, can provide in terms of time, kinds of care, and financial responsibility. For example, deciding to hire an in-home attendant may be necessary if the primary caregiver works full time.
Before this happens, it’s important to look at the financial and emotional issues that go along with this decision.
For information about how Andelcare can help your family with home care, please contact our caregivers at 888-788-3051. Andelcare is a home care agency providing quality in home care in Seattle WA and surrounding areas.