Think ahead, seek advice, and seek help to carefully plan in-home care for seniors and avoid the pitfalls of hasty decisions, advises Westchester home care agency
(PRUnderground) March 15th, 2021
Planning can make a world of difference to the outcome when deciding on in-home help for seniors in Westchester County, New York, so try to foresee your loved ones’ need for assistance and don’t wait for a situation to reach crisis point before you start to make choices.
If possible, consult doctors who treat your elderly family members for advice on what level of care they may need, advises Craig Sendach, the owner of Westchester home care agency Touching Hearts at Home NYC.
“Once you know what health conditions they face or what they’re at risk of facing, ask what to look for in the future,” Craig says in a recently published article outlining a process to apply when planning home care for elderly loved ones in Westchester and the New York City area.
Gather together family members and advisers who will make decisions in the best interest of your loved one. Support from those with experience will be invaluable, he says. With the help, advice, and cooperation of those supporters, you can construct a plan that will help you respond to your loved one’s needs as those needs develop.
Do you expect to be family caregivers who provide the home care for your senior? Or will you rely on the services of a professional home health aide? Or both? A happy compromise might be to engage a part-time professional caregiver who will enable family members to take a break. Touching Hearts’ range of home-care services in Westchester provides for flexibilty to fit just about any need.
A practical step at this stage of planning care for seniors is a home inspection to identify and remove any safety hazards, Craig suggests in his article. You can find details online to do this yourself, or you could ask a home care expert to do some checks.
The AARP, an organization advocating the interests of older Americans, advises that family caregivers research in advance to identify the best resources for information and advice to help in making decisions. Reach out to organizations and professionals specializing in care for older adults when you need to.
Also, don’t forget about your own needs as a family caregiver. Make use of help and resources available to you so that you can avoid burnout and the real risks it presents for your own health and well being.
The responsibilities of care-giving, when considered alongside the duties and obligations of work and home life, can be time consuming and stressful, the AARP warns. To avoid caregiver burnout, plan well, “schedule regular time for what’s important to you, and get help from others”.
Touching Hearts NYC offers a full range of home-care services for the elderly, infirm, and disabled throughout Westchester County and the New York City area. From full-time home care to just a few hours a week, all services can be tailored to a client’s needs and means through discussion via an obligation-free consultation.
About Touching Hearts at Home NYC Area
About Touching Hearts at Home NYC Area – Touching Hearts NYC offers in-home care to aging adults, seniors, and individuals living with medical conditions and disabilities at rates considerably more affordable than care outside the home. The agency is known for Non-Medical Home Care, Companionship and Homemaker services in New York City’s Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, Queens, and Rockland areas. Its focus is on providing person-centered care to help those in need remain in their home, maintain the lifestyle they choose, and feel confident they will be treated with the respect and kindness they deserve.
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