Other Reasons for Live-In Care
There are reasons other than old age why a person would need continuous, 24/7 care. One is recovery from surgery, which requires constant care. Another is dementia, including Alzheimer’s, which can affect people in their 50’s as well as older. If your loved one has dementia, you should have safety concerns such as issues of wandering, agitation, falling, cooking mishaps, or using household equipment.
Full-Time Care vs. Nursing Home
Families who choose a full-time, overnight helper benefit over choosing a nursing home or assisted living facility, which have certain problems. Here are some of them:
- Lower cost
- Stay within familiar surroundings
- Eat food of their choice at their own schedule
- Keep their pets
- Less risk from air-borne viruses
- Easier for family and friends to visit
- One-on-one care
- Customized care
- Allows freedom and independence
Judith’s 24/7 Caregiving Experience
One inspiring story is that of Judith Kelly, who began caring for a childless widow who lived nearby when Judith was just out of high school. Writing in the Ava Medical Blog, she explains that she and her mother had been doing favors for the woman such as taking her to a doctor’s appointment or helping around the home. When Judith graduated from high school, she moved in with the woman. Over time, the woman’s physical ability deteriorated and finally she became incontinent. Judith obligingly helped every step of they way. She explains,
“I had always appreciated that caregiving isn’t a simple task, but I only realized then just how tough the job really is. It’s not a part-time job; it’s a full time job that demands full attention.
“There were times that I felt like I couldn’t, wouldn’t, change another diaper .… but somehow, I still loved my job.”
Importance of Choosing an Overnight Caregiver
This is the kind of unselfish dedication that you need in a caregiver. Since your live-in caregiver will be staying with you throughout the day and night, it is even more important to find the right person. Here at Destiny Senior Care, we carefully train our 24/7 caregivers to accept our philosophy that a generous spirit, and going the extra mile is essential. Your overnight caregiver needs to provide a higher level of care. We carefully match our trained caregivers with our clients. You and your loved one will be happy with your overnight caregiver.
Does your senior suffer from a chronic disease? Greater care is eventually required for those suffering from progressive conditions, like Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Those with dementia should never live alone. Here are more detailed benefits of a 24/7 caretaker:
- Providing fluids and snacks in the evening
- Reminders to take medication, such as anti-seizure drugs or blood pressure medicine
- Alleviate depression, or the possibility of the senior wounding themselves due to depression.
- Ensure appliances, such as the stove are turned off for the night
- Preparing for bed
- Handling seizures
- Commode placement, and bathroom help in the middle of the night
- Help with those who have trouble at night, such as wandering due to dementia
- Change their position in bed during the night to prevent bedsores
- Reduce the possibilities of falling while wandering at night
- Give reassurance at night knowing that a caretaker is nearby
- Prepare early breakfast
- Brushing teeth, getting dressed, and getting ready for the day
Yes, there are benefits to hiring a 24/7 full-time caregiver.
Reluctance to Hire a Full-Time Caregiver
If this is your senior’s first overnight caregiver, or even first part-time caretaker, they might be facing fears that their lives will never be the same again. There may be a reluctance to give up one’s independence. Or that their family no longer cares for them. It’s important to reassure your senior that the family still loves them and that hiring a 24/7 caregiver ensures that they are taken care of on an ongoing, consistent basis throughout the weeks and months ahead.
You might also want to read, “What Made Felice Accept Home Care.”
They might refuse to acknowledge that they need help. Tactfully explain the serious dangers that the present living situation has. Or they might have misgivings about having someone in the house whom they don’t know. If so, have your senior involved in the selection process. Explain that you will interview several persons and you want to hire only someone whom they seem to get along with. This is all taken care of as part of Destiny Senior Care’s Custom Care Plan.
Hiring a qualified, live-in caregiver can be the best step for your senior’s safety and well being!