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Understanding Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) as a New Caregiver

Being new at something is going to have plenty of challenges. There’s a learning curve. When you are beginning to look after an elderly or disabled family member, you have become a caregiver. When that happens, it’s important to realize what they will need help with, what your limitations are, and more.

Caregiver Stress in Lakeland FL: Activities of Daily Living

Caregiver Stress in Lakeland FL: Activities of Daily Living

Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs, are things people often need assistance with.

When somebody requires physical support around the house throughout the day, there may be a number of things they can no longer do without assistance. Some of these activities will include simple things like taking a shower or going to the bathroom. If somebody has diminished strength in their legs, they may have balance related issues.

It might become extremely difficult or even unsafe for them to try and step into and out of the shower without the physical assistance and support of somebody else. For many elderly individuals, asking an adult child for assistance with this, a friend, or even a neighbor, can be an embarrassing situation.

It can cause a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety for that individual.

It can also be extremely stressful for the caregiver in this type of situation. Activities of daily living also include doing the laundry or preparing meals. Even keeping up with the cleanliness of the house can be considered an activity of daily living. While some people may not clean their home very often, it’s still something millions of people throughout the country do on a daily basis.

What can be done in these situations?

The most important thing for family members, friends, and even neighbors is to realize that providing assistance can be a great asset, but nothing is going to be more beneficial than relying on professional and experienced support.

Hiring a home care aide through an agency is the best option available.

It may seem as though a family member or friend can be exactly what the senior needs at this point in his or her life, but the more experienced care a person receives and relies upon on a regular basis, the more likely they will enjoy a higher quality of life. That can be tremendously beneficial as they move through recovery, this new reality in life, and try to maintain their dignity in a way that makes sense for them.

These Activities of Daily Living are important for people to do and when they have the right support on hand to do them, they can feel empowered, remain independent, and even encouraged to live life on their terms.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Lakeland, FLcontact the caring staff at Family Private Care. Call today (855) 465-0611.

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Deborah Irvine

Deborah Irvine and her husband reside in Martin County Florida. She has been married for 30 years and is the mother of two daughters. Deborah completed her nursing degree at Palm Beach Community College in 1986 and is a Registered Nurse. She also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Hobe Sound Bible College. Deborah worked for 9 years at Martin Memorial Hospital as a Medical/Surgical Nurse and then went into Home Health care, working for two years at a Medicare Home Health company. In 1997 Deborah went to work at Family Private Care where she started as an Independent Contractor nurse, and was soon promoted to the Director of Nursing, then became their General Manager and currently serves as Family Private Care’s President.

Deborah is a member of the Private Care Association and thereby stays involved in the political process both state-wide and national as it pertains to Nurse Registries and home care issues.

Deborah was appointed by the Commissioners of Martin County in 2005 to the board of the Treasure Coast Health Care Council where she served two terms.

Deborah has been committed to the Martin County community by serving in various roles through her church from being involved with children’s ministry through a Bus Ministry program in Indiantown to serving as a Sunday School teacher to Junior High children. Deborah continues to work with and actively supports a myriad of local community organizations.

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