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3 Key Ways a Professional Caregiver Makes Your Loved One’s Life Better

Elissa wanted to savor every moment with her mother in the time they had left. She didn’t want to think ahead, and she didn’t want to be overwhelmed.

Elissa wanted to be present for her mom, knowing she needed a level of attention and care that was sometimes hard for her to provide.

In just mere months, Elissa needed to become a caregiver, but she had no idea how.

Elissa still wanted to be a daughter, too. She found herself locked squarely in the sandwich generation of needing to care for her mother while grappling with the struggles of her everyday life. Elissa was swiftly realizing that a professional caregiver could provide a higher quality of care, not only for her Mom but also for herself. Elissa needed a professional caregiver to help make her mom’s life better. Here’s how:

1. Create a Customized Care Plan

A care plan is a road map for care that ensures smooth transitions and minimizes stress for your loved one, any family caregivers and/or your professional caregiver. A customized care plan covers a senior’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. To begin creating the plan, a skilled professional will consult with you and your loved one in the senior’s home to assess the needs, as well as the needs of any current caregivers. He or she will then draft a plan that makes sure the right services are provided, personalizing the plan to your loved one’s needs, personality and preferences. A well-crafted care plan will be flexible and adjusted as needed.

2. Establish a Trusted Relationship

Some seniors are more willing to accept help than others, so before even beginning care it’s important we build consensus with your loved one. It begins with selecting your caregiver. Select senior home care agencies, like Visiting Angels, will allow families the opportunity to interview the caregiver before service begins. You and your loved one will have the peace of mind that the recommended senior care professional has the skill-set, experience and personality that your loved one deserves. Trust-building continues with listening. Your loved one, and in fact everyone associated with providing private duty care, need to know his or her concerns are heard and that his or her input matters. Being a good listener and respecting confidentiality, along with routine reliability, is foundational to building trust and build relationships.

3. Help make daily life better

What do the caregivers physically do? When you find the right professional caregiver, you should expect the following responsibilities:

  • Bathing and toileting assistance*
  • Walking assistance*
  • Grooming
  • Dressing*
  • Light housekeeping, including laundry
  • Errands
  • Grocery shopping
  • Meal prep
  • Joyful companionship
  • Doctor appointment and medication reminders
  • Hospice support
  • Activities of daily living

If it sounds like a lot, it’s because it is. We won’t sugarcoat it: Caregiving is very demanding work, and although helping those in need can be the most rewarding profession in the world, at times it’s very stressful. The truth is that sometimes it’s better to defer to professionals with years of experience caring for loved ones like yours. A professional will help provide peace of mind, for both yourself and your loved one, that he or she is safe, comfortable and happy. Like Elissa, you want to make the best decision possible for the person who helped you for all these years. Visiting Angels offers in-home consultations* to discuss your loved one’s care and what services might help. Complete our care inquiry form and we’ll call you within 15 minutes, or call us now: (800) 365-4189. * Not all services are available from every office, which are all independently owned and operated. Check with your local agency for details.

Each Visiting Angels agency is a franchise that is independently owned and operated. The Franchisor, Living Assistance Services Inc., does not control or manage the day to day business operations of any Visiting Angels franchised agency.