When is a Pillar in-home caregiver helpful for you or a family member?
When might you need a caregiver?
- For short periods of time, on an as-needed basis, to help maintain the senior’s independence, if an existing caregiver is on leave, someone needs help with a medical visit, or the senior’s children need to travel or are away from home. There are many reasons as you can imagine.
- For extended time periods, such as a few hours a day each week, or for a few weeks or more, or for care requiring recurring tasks each week or each month.
- For around-the-clock care for seniors who are not mobile or have chronic illnesses.
What can home caregivers offer?
Help with daily activities for an older person who could be “slowing down” and needs some support at home. The objective is to maintain independence for the senior in his or her own home environment. Being in familiar surroundings is critical for elderly happiness.
For giving an existing caregiver a break,, called “respite care.” Caregiving is hard work and often emotional work. Giving a caregiver a break is a great way to let them “recharge,” while bringing in someone for a day or two (or longer) to help out. This could allow the caregiver to address personal issues, visit friends or family, or have a holiday
When a spouse dies, this can be a tough time for the senior and family. He or she could be alone now and needs help around the clock, or could just feel lonely, or both. Children perhaps are not prepared to address this situation and home caregivers can help.
If someone is recovering from an illness at home, it’s an excellent time to bring in a care giver to help someone until they can manage on their own. This helps to maintain their sense of independence, and it helps get them through an important post-illness time period.
When someone is near the end of their life, it is an important and difficult time for the loved ones of the elderly person too. A home caregiver can help out nurses and other medical professionals who may be helping the patient at home with things like running errands, ensuring the patient is never alone, and helping the family with everyday needs the may be incapable of handling in the moment.
If someone is facing a chronic or long-term illness, caregivers are particularly important. Besides handling daily activities, a caregiver can help manage the impacts of an illness such as as side effects, medication compliance, and help with bathing, using the toilet, and other activities that pose special challenges for patients. A caregiver for a chronic patient can help ease their mind and ensure they are comfortable at home.