Sep 27, 2016 by Diane Genovese
When mom and dad are made to feel in charge, they will likely be more open to help in their home. It is very common for people to resist caregivers coming in to aide them with their daily needs when they have lived independently all their lives. Comfort Keepers goal is to help keep our seniors thriving and feeling better both physically and mentally. Starting out slow is a key factor, in understanding the individual feelings of losing some control and independence
Accepting help in the home is a definite change but one that can be met with the positivity of a well thought out process between the family and in home care agency. The ultimate goal is safety for mom and dad and peace of mind for the family members.
Comfort Keepers takes great pride in matching our caregivers to our clients and witnessing the bond that develops through love and care.
If I put myself in the shoes of persons whom have traveled life’s journey and are now faced with the fact they are slowing down, perhaps suffered some life changing illnesses or possibly just reached the years where slowing down has arrived with natural aging, I ask myself how would I feel welcoming a caregiver, a stranger into my home. If I think long and hard how to walk in those shoes, I understand fully the apprehension of this change. Because I believe so deeply in the mission of Comfort Keepers, to keep our seniors safe and content in their homes for as long as possible, I wish to assure everyone reading my words, my inner thoughts, that we truly are here to serve your moms and dads in the individual capacities needed, with our genuine love and care. First and foremost in the interview process, I ask myself, would I welcome this person to take care of my own precious mom, my dearest friend in this life. I ask them to share with me their calling in this delicate industry, to share their feelings on why they may fill this role with the utmost respect to each person, their goals to enhance the life/lives of each one they will provide care for. Comfort Keepers consists of 80+ caregivers, all of which we feel uphold the highest standards of caregiving. Many are nurturers by nature, others feel a calling to “give back” at the end of their careers. So often our caregivers have taken care of their own loved ones, then, experienced the calling to continue on this path to care for others as well.
It is less challenging to plan ahead in your conversations regarding in home care. If possible, “plan together” so a decision is reached with your loved ones input. Remind your loved one that you both want the same thing. Explain that a little extra help can keep them at home longer and will help put your mind at ease as well.
Comfort Keepers provides a customized plan of care which may include personal care, dementia care, companionship medication reminders, housekeeping, transportation, and meal preparation. Comfort Keepers helps people transition home safely from medical facilities. Patients often continue to need ongoing care until they are fully recovered.
Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~Martin Buxbaum