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Hiring Home Care: One Couple’s Story

Home Care for Seniors in Clinton NJ

Tom and Linda met when they were in high school. They didn’t start dating or fall in love until well after their high school years, but their friendship was forged during those grade school years. They married at 23, raised three children, and spent the next 54 years together and their love continued to grow. When they were 77, Tom began having difficulty getting around. His health had been declining for some time, but Linda was the one taking care of him for the most part.

Home Care for Seniors in Clinton NJ

Home Care for Seniors in Clinton NJ

At first, things seemed okay. Linda was able to help Tom with most of the things he needed assistance with. By the time they were 78, though, it was taking a serious toll on her physical capabilities and life. That’s when they began considering home care options.

Tom was reluctant to even consider home care because he didn’t think it was something they really needed. He only needed some basic assistance from time to time. He couldn’t imagine paying all that money for a full-time home care provider.

Linda was adamant that they at least explore the option. Together, they contacted a couple of home care agencies in the area and began sitting down to discuss the various options available to them. It turned out they could hire somebody for just two hours a day three days a week to start.

They didn’t really know when Tom would need help getting out of bed, getting into or the shower, or other things, but for the most part it wasn’t daily. He could certainly go without a shower every other day.

They hired somebody for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 8 AM and 10 AM to start. Because Tom knew this person was going to be there to help out, he wasn’t so concerned about relying on his wife for all of the things he needed assistance doing during the day. He reorganized his schedule and routine so he could lean on this home care aide for those things instead.

The cost was nominal, or so they felt. It really wasn’t that much to invest in getting the support they needed.

Tom and Linda ended up relying on this home care aide for several months and it helped Linda feel better physically and they were both able to rest more comfortably knowing someone would be there to support them when they needed it.

As Tom’s health continued to decline, and Linda began facing more health issues herself, they increased the amount of time they relied on home care support. Without it, they both knew their life wouldn’t have been as positive during those later years.

If you or an elderly loved one are considering home care in Clinton, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.

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Marc Jeffries

At Comfort Keepers, our aim is to allow our clients to age with dignity and independence. We treat each of our clients with respect and dignity, as if they were a member of our own family. We pride ourselves in providing the highest quality of comforting care for seniors and others in need of assistance. We specialize in Alzheimer’s Care, Dementia Care, Personal Care, Live-In Care and 24-Hour Care.

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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