In Home Caregiving

Home Caregivers Issues

In Home CaregiversIn home care giving is providing assistance with the daily living activities that a healthy person takes for granted.  Simple things like bathing and dressing, using the toilet and eating can be very challenging for a senior or person with physical limitations. Beyond these personal items there are any number of additional home caregiver activities that need doing such as light housekeeping, laundry, transportation and medication reminders.

These are the activities required by infants and toddlers and routinely performed by their parents. What we are talking about in this article is when adults are in need of assistance, when do they need help, how much help do they need and how to get the help.

In home care giving is now well-known to be one of the most stressful jobs a person can perform. It may be needed by people of any age.

 Who Needs In Home Caregiving?

Everyone starts with different physical and mental abilities and these all decline as we age. The process proceeds at different rates for different people and most people are reluctant to ask for help or to accept help when it is offered.

The Need For In Home Caregiving – What To Look For

If you suspect that someone you care about might be in need of in home caregiving here are some signs to watch for:

  • Are they keeping their house tidy or has it become more disordered and dirty than previously?
  • Do they have adequate healthy foods in their refrigerator and pantry?
  • Is there a drop in their personal hygiene?
  • Have they lost weight?
  • Do they seem to be having problems with remembering important things?

These are some of the most common things to look for. If you know their personal physician that is another possible source of information on the need for in home caregiving.

What Are In Home Caregivers Not Allowed To do?

A personal home caregiver should not do anything that normally requires a professional such as administering drugs, medical testing unless the caregiver is a family member with training. Even monitoring activities such as checking blood sugar or blood pressure are beyond the scope of what should be done by anyone other than a family member or trained professional.

It is also important to be very sensitive to the needs of the patient. Most patients have issues with receiving care, especially from a hired caregiver. We all resent the loss of independence as age, illness or accident reduces our abilities. If you find your attempts at help being rejected try explaining to the patient that you are acting out of love and concern. Try pointing out the obvious facts of their reduced abilities to care for themselves. If they are rejecting a hired caregiver you can point out that you have limited time and abilities and will do all you can but you can’t always be there for them.

Should I Hire a Professional In Home Caregiver?

The answer to this question is a function of what you can afford and what you and the patient are comfortable with. Do not let you decision by ruled by guilt that you aren’t doing enough. You have your life to live also so what you are buying when you hire in home caregivers is time for yourself as well as the peace of mind that your loved one is being cared for.