When to Hire a Home Health Aide
As our loved ones age, there may come a point where we ask ourselves, how do we know when it’s time to hire help? This can be a difficult question, especially since there are a range of emotions that come along with realizing that our loved ones are getting older and may require more help than we’re able to give. This is because as people age, they often become more dependent on their family -- many times, an adult son or daughter who may live faraway or have families of their own. This can become a struggle because while caring for a loved one may be a top priority, these family members may already have to divide their time between work and home, making it very difficult to take care of an aging parent on top of other responsibilities.
When the relationship between an elderly parent and an adult child involves caregiving, the relationship can change drastically. Depending on the situation or nature of an illness or injury, this change can occur slowly over time, but many times, it is an abrupt change to your usual way of life. You may notice less bonding time between you and your loved one. With your only concern being the well-being of your parent(s), you may have to put all your effort into regularly addressing their various needs.
This is where home care comes in. With home care, you can have the best of both worlds. You can hire an aide from a reputable agency, knowing that your loved one is genuinely cared for and in wonderful, capable and experienced hands – and you can have your quality time with your parent back.
Reasons to Hire an Aide
When our loved ones are no longer able to do the things they could before or are stricken with an irreversible condition, it may be time to hire a home health aide. Below are several reasons why hiring an aide could be the right option for your family:
- You or your loved one’s adult children live faraway and are unable to visit as frequently
- You or your loved one’s adult children lack the skills and training of a proper caregiver
- Your loved one prefers not to be alone and does not wish to go to an elderly home
- Your loved one has developed a condition such as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, or some other serious condition that needs constant care and attention
- Your loved one lives alone and needs companionship at home
- Your loved one is on prescribed medications
- Your loved one has balance issues and may have fallen
If any of these apply to your loved one, it may be time to hire a home health aide.
Even though you may not be an expert caregiver, you have the option to hire one for your parents. In many instances, the BEST way to take care of your aging parents is to hire a professional.
At Allegiance Home Health and Rehab, “We pledge our allegiance to you.” Our home health aides are formally trained with the ultimate goal of keeping a home running as normally as possible and allow those who are sick to stay at home instead of moving to a nursing home. We provide your loved ones with services custom designed to fit their individual needs. Our trained caregivers fully comprehend the condition and personality of the patient, providing them options to choose from various activities that include going on short walks, reading to them, and accompanying them to the store. Contact us today to learn more about our home health aides!