This month, we are putting a spotlight on Home Care and Hospice. We want to take a moment to celebrate the remarkable individuals that make it possible to help aging people remain where they are comfortable, even as they need assistance with their health and mobility. If you are a caretaker to a senior family member, as many adults are to their elderly parents and other loved ones, know that Nutrien recognizes the incredible work you are doing in their lives. We know that providing care for aging family members often puts stress on people who are untrained for the work, but as a loving child, nephew, or niece, you do the very best you can. If you are seeking additional resources as you care for your loved one, a home care program may be able to provide assistance to your family.
Home care describes a large network of professionals who are dedicated to assisting elderly and disabled people live at home, rather than in a care facility. It involves doctors, nurses, home care aids, therapists, nutritionists and social workers that form a team for each individual patient. Their aim is to provide a high quality of life for their patients by supporting their daily activities and health. Oftentimes, these professionals work in tandem with family members to offer their services when a highly trained individual is needed for additional help.
What services your family employs for a home care program depends on the abilities of your loved one to maintain their daily activities. This makes each program completely unique and tailored to your individual circumstances. For example, someone who requires complex medicine administered through shots can request a daily visit from a trained nurse, or, if cooking is difficult due to limited mobility, an aid can come to make them dinner. Some families ask for help with bathing, and some may need an aid to help them tidy the house.
If you are feeling overwhelmed as you care for an elderly family member, talk to their doctors about the possibility of home care. Oftentimes, it can even be paid for by insurance. It’s a way to help your loved one stay in their home, without needing to make the big move to a nursing facility. Their home care team will support both them and you while caring for their health.