The need for home living assistance is common when a person reaches the elderly years. Both men and women may find they need help with tasks of everyday living. Fortunately, live-in home care services can provide them with the kind of help they are looking for. Family members can help their elderly loved one choose someone from the agency who would be well-suited as their live-in companion and helper.
Hourly care is for those who only need a few hours of help weekly or need it around the clock. Live-in caregivers are expected to get a good nights’ sleep and therefore aren’t available for round the clock care. Live-in care is less costly than 24 hour hourly care.
Some of the areas that a person may need help with as they age include:
Bathing – Most people bathe daily or an average of 3 times per week. This can be quite a difficult task for many elderly persons. They must either get into and out of the tub or else take a shower. Most of the time it’s easier and safer to wash in a sitting position to minimize fall risks in the shower. Even with a non-slip floor, baths and showers can be slippery.
Dressing – sometimes basic help is needed if the elderly person struggles to lift their arms over their head, or can’t reach their feet very well. During the cold winter months, it’s important to bundle up and dress warm to avoid catching cold and getting sick. Wheelchair users often have a difficult time dressing themselves.
Laundry – laundry can be tricky especially if the facilities are downstairs. Trying to carry dirty laundry down the stairs and then clean laundry upstairs are both very difficult to do and the elderly person may stumble and fall. Caregivers can expect to do an occasional load of laundry once in a while.
Cooking – these don’t have to be gourmet
meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner cooked up healthy and served warm and fresh are always good to have. There may be a little bit of grocery shopping to do from time to time as well. Often the family members will provide a basic budget or they will sometimes do the grocery shopping and deliver the food to mom’s/grandma’s house.
Errands – there are always errands to do in maintaining a home. This could include paying bills, taking the elderly person to the hairdresser, attending doctor’s appointments, taking the senior out for entertainment etc.
Comfort Keepers of Flemington, New Jersey, has a team of eight support staff who will be your primary contacts and your advocates.
Nancy Hmieleski, R.N., C., B.S, is the Director of Nursing and supervises the Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA) that work out of the Comfort Keepers Flemington office. Pat Corlett, RN, is the Case Manager.
General Manager Rebecca Tenore, Client Care Coordinators; Suzanne M. White, Kelly Balodis, Christine Lehr, along with Office Assistant, Nancy Russell, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year to answer your questions. You will hear a friendly voice no matter when you call.
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