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How Your Family Can Work Together with a Personal Care Assistant to Boost Your Loved One’s Well-Being

When family caregivers and personal care assistants work together, seniors in Wheat Ridge, CO receive the top-quality in-home care they deserve

When opting for a home care agency like Visiting Angels Denver, many family caregivers assume that professionals will perform their services when needed and that they will continue completing their tasks when the experts are done. However, it is important to keep in mind that care provided by a personal care assistant and care provided by a family care provider should complement one another.

What this means is that caregiving is simply easier when professionals and family members support each other. It enables you to split your caregiving responsibilities better and achieve a greater balance in your life. You can focus on those activities that you prefer doing and delegate those tasks you find difficult or time-consuming to expert caregivers, thus enjoying caregiving more and preventing burnout.

While caregiving should help boost your loved one’s quality of life, it should not jeopardize your own quality of life. Without the support of a personal care assistant, caregiving can take a serious toll on your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Therefore, when hiring home care services, you should request those services in accordance with your own needs and schedule.

Coordinating Care with a Personal Care Assistant

Before a caregiver from Visiting Angels Denver starts working for your loved one, there are six key areas you need to discuss and coordinate between your family and your loved one’s caregiver.

  • Care Scheduling. It is vital to take into account your family’s schedule and your loved one’s routine when scheduling care.
  • Care Responsibilities. Make sure to split care responsibilities so that our caregivers perform harder tasks or those you simply dislike. They can also help with areas that require special skills or training.
  • Respite Care. As a family caregiver, you need some time just for yourself. Make sure the caregiver you hire understands this, supporting you as you take care of yourself.
  • Cooperative Care. There are some senior care activities that are difficult to perform alone. Our caregivers should help you with those aspects of care instead of providing care only when you are not around.
  • Companionship. When a family caregiver and personal care assistant work together, your loved one will rarely be home alone, thus enjoying companionship on a regular basis.
  • Flexibility. Before hiring a care agency, you need to ensure their care plans are flexible and that they can adapt to your family’s changing needs.

Finding the Right Senior Home Care Provider

Choosing the right home care provider will make the whole caregiving process better for your loved one and also ease care coordination between family members and professionals. When discussing your options, you should focus on your loved one’s needs and routines but also your own preferences and requests. A personal care assistant should support your whole family, allowing all of you to lead quality lives.

At Visiting Angels Denver, we know how important it is for family caregivers to establish a good relationship with a home care agency from the start. We will do everything we can to accommodate your family’s needs and we will work closely with you in order to coordinate care so it works for all your family members.

Get in touch with our Wheat Ridge, CO office today and learn more about how our caregivers can work with you to provide the best possible care for your senior loved one. Our friendly team members are available 24/7 to answer all your questions and schedule your free in-home consultation. Visiting Angels is happy to help!

Visiting Angels proudly serves Arvada, Aurora, Denver, Glendale, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and the surrounding areas of Colorado.

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.