How Professional In-Home Caregivers Help Seniors in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties Manage Chronic Pain
Here’s how our dedicated in-home caregivers help seniors living in Scotts Valley, Watsonville, Carmel, Aptos, Santa Cruz, Marina and nearby cities in California’s Central Coast live independently while managing chronic pain
Chronic pain is part of daily life for many seniors in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties in California. The National Institute of Health (NIH) estimates that approximately two-thirds of people over 65 suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain can be triggered from conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve disorders and cardiovascular diseases. Some seniors also struggle with persistent symptoms related to injuries from falls or recovery from surgery.
Chronic pain can disrupt your senior loved one’s daily life and lead to the decreased ability to sleep, focus and manage stress. It can contribute to memory problems and may cause older adults to stop engaging in enjoyable activities, isolating themselves from family and friends.
At Visiting Angels Central Coast, our caregivers can help your loved one manage chronic pain when it gets to be too much.
How In-Home Caregivers from Visiting Angels Central Coast Bring Welcome Relief for Seniors Living with Chronic Pain
Many seniors living with chronic pain have difficulty safely caring for themselves, handling their daily affairs and managing their health. Fortunately, our caregivers are available to help your elderly loved one find relief at home through services including:
- Medication and exercise reminders
Pain management involves carefully following a consistent routine when taking medication. An in-home caregiver from Visiting Angels Central Coast will remind your loved one to take their medication and ensure it’s done safely. Our caregivers will also remind your loved one to exercise, whether it’s taking a short walk or doing modified armchair exercises.
- Monitor comfort and safety
Our in-home caregivers will monitor your loved one’s health status. For example, some pain medications have unexpected side effects, so our caregivers can inform you if they see unusual symptoms or behaviors. They will also communicate worsening symptoms, such as reduced mobility or extreme fatigue. When additional safety measures are necessary, such as grab bars or safety railings, they will let you know.
- Emotional support and socialization
Professional caregivers from Visiting Angels Central Coast can offer emotional support on a bad day and provide good company, offering a smile and friendly chit chat. Our senior caregivers may help your loved one begin to socialize again by arranging visits or phone calls. It’s important for older adults who are isolated because of chronic pain or limited mobility to stay connected with family and friends.
- Light housekeeping and personal care
Our caregivers can assist with cleaning, laundry and meal preparation. For those with impaired mobility, they can help with personal care tasks, including transferring, dressing and bathing.
- Scheduling assistance and transportation
An in-home caregiver from Visiting Angels Central Coast can help your loved one schedule and attend their appointments. Transportation assistance can include helping your loved one get to the doctor’s office, the grocery store or a social visit at a friend’s house.
- Respite care for family caregivers
Caring for a loved one can be rewarding but also exhausting. Our caregivers can provide respite care to help family caregivers take time for themselves, reducing the strain in family relationships.
If you’d like to learn more about our services or schedule a free in-home consultation, call Visiting Angels Central Coast at 831-703-8974.