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How Do Elder Care Professionals Help After an Illness?

Aug 17, 2018 by Nancy Hmieleski, RN, BSN Director of Nursing

After an illness, your mom or dad may struggle with activities of daily living. If you are the one recovering, your parents may not be able to rely on you until you're completely healed. Elder care professionals can ease the stress and uncertainty and allow everyone to focus on the recovery. Here are some of the services that help families after an illness.

Take a Peek at the Services Elder Care Professionals Offer

When you hire a caregiver, the elder care services are adjusted to meet your parent's needs. You could have a caregiver who gets to know your mom's food preference, works out a menu with your mom, and takes her grocery shopping. Once back at home, the caregiver carries in groceries, puts them away, and prepares meals for her. Caregivers can also eat with your mom to prevent her from being lonely.

Caregivers can help with personal grooming and hygiene. The caregiver can sit outside while your dad showers, help him in and out of the tub, and brush his hair. Caregivers can help him shave, brush his teeth, and button his clothing.

After her illness, your mom may be weak and need to regain muscle strength. A caregiver can help her up and down the stairs. The caregiver can drive her to therapy appointments and join her on walks around the block or yard.

Your dad now has a medication he needs to take at the same time each day. It's a new task, and he forgets to take it. With a caregiver, medication reminders make it impossible for him to forget. The caregiver can also make sure he follows directions and has a meal when taking his pill or waits for a few hours before eating after taking his pill.

What If You Were Ill?

As a family caregiver, you don't want to become ill, but you developed shingles. The nerve pain makes it impossible for you to care for your mom. You could have a bad chest cold or the flu. You need to focus on your health for a week or two. Caregivers can help you. With respite care services, you have a caregiver taking over your duties so that you can focus on recuperating.

Elder care professionals come to your parents' home on your schedule. If you feel help is needed daily, that's fine. If you need help with housework once a week, that's also possible. Call an elder care agency to discuss prices and the best schedule for your needs.

If you or an elderly loved one are considering elder care in Califon, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.

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