It’s easy to want to be there for family members, especially during major crises. A major crisis could be an aging parent in the hospital following a stroke, heart attack, major surgery, or some other medical emergency. Many family members want to be there for their loved ones. After all, parents are often there for their children throughout much of their life; children want to return the favor as they get older.
For a family member stepping up to be a caregiver, it’s going to create a lot of challenges. In the short term, those challenges can be relatively mild and may not impact life for very long. However, if the senior is going to require long-term care and support, there may be a variety of implications to consider.
Think about stress and burnout.
Caregiver stress and burnout are very real. There are millions upon millions of family members taking care of elderly and disabled loved ones right now. The vast majority of them will experience significant stress before long.
If they get stressed and burn out, they may not stop over at that elderly person’s house to help them one day. Their hours may be inconsistent. They may get frustrated, be quick to lose their temper, and that can negatively impact their relationships.
Summer vacations can be affected.
While people may not be thinking about summer vacations and what to do in the event their loved one still needs help several months from now, it’s important that they do. If the senior is going to require assistance for months and months on end, who’s going to be there when their primary family caregiver is away on vacation?
Another family member or friend could certainly volunteer to help, but when they’re going through recovery, consistency and quality of support matter. That’s where it becomes essential to consider the prospect of hiring a home care aide.
What about tracking progress?
Often a difficult challenge people face when going through recovery is trying to decide whether or not they’re actually getting any better. If the senior doesn’t feel their exercise, physical therapy, pain and suffering, and other factors are paying off in their recovery, they might be more inclined to give up.
The longer recovery takes, the easier it is for people to give up. An experienced home care aide understands the value of tracking progress using some type of journal. That helps seniors and others realize they truly are getting better, day by day, one step at a time.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Cape Coral, FL, please contact the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse Home Health Care at (239) 307-0033.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.