Several months ago, I started working for Taylor Made Home Care, a local provider of Non-Medical Home Care. And before that, I never really considered the need for these types of services.
Like so many others, I saw Home Care as mainly end of life care.
But it is so much more than that.
Sometimes families need assistance with a loved one who is recovering from surgery. They cannot take a week (or several weeks) off of work. Or a family member has Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Meaning he/she does not need to be in assisted living, or a nursing home–just some companionship during the day, while the family is at work. Or an evening per week to give the primary caregiver some relief. A break. Some time to go out to dinner, meet with friends, etc.
There are also scenarios where a caregiver might be hired to assist a new mother after she returns from the hospital with the new baby. Or a couple who go on vacation a couple of times per year and need a caregiver to stay in their home with their loved one while they are away.
When families face an extended period of caring for a loved one, it is vital that they have breaks. That they can go on vacation, out to dinner and enjoy a rich life. Otherwise they end up exhausted, worn out and possibly ill.
What I’m learning in my new job is that Home Care is a growing service–with a growing population needing help.
It is difficult to juggle our busy lives; children, their activities, work and other responsibilities. Add a loved one who needs extra help into the mix…and it can become too much. More and more families are needing an extra set of hands.
In this blog, we’ll be taking a look at Non-Medical Home Care; what types of issues families face, how to find help, what type of help is available and so much more.
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