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Fall Is a Great Time to Consider Home Care Options

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Summer. It’s a time of year when kids are off from school, adults generally take a vacation, and more people spend time outdoors. For seniors, summer can be a much needed respite from a long, dreary winter, rainy spring, or cool fall season coming up.

When a person requires some type of help throughout the day, they may call on friends, neighbors, or family members. If they have family members living in the area, that’s usually going to be their first call. During the summer, an elderly loved one might not need much help, but that could certainly change over time.

There is a tendency among those who may be resistant to asking for help in which the more help they receive, the more they actually rely upon. That can place undue pressure on those family members and friends, especially when they only have limited time.

Many people become worried about their loved ones and their safety at home, especially when they have difficulty doing certain things for themselves.

In the summer, a family member may seem to have a bit more time because they don’t have to rush their children to sporting events, back and forth to school, concerts, visiting with friends, and the list can go on and on. In the fall, though, that will begin to change.

People settle back into work, school, and their normal routine. That can make it difficult for them to find the time their elderly loved one needs for proper support and care. That’s when home care is the best option.

The various options of home care.

When you talk about home care, there are many options to consider. It basically comes down to what a person requires with regard to assistance and support at home. They might need basic assistance getting around the house, getting out of bed and getting dressed in the morning, or doing laundry and preparing meals.

They might need more physical support throughout the day and even during the overnight hours. Trying to find the right caregiver may seem challenging, especially when you begin to look at various ads placed on classified sites or through certain websites that advertise some type of support services.

The best thing anyone can do is choose an agency for proper home care. That’s because most agencies conduct thorough interviews and growing numbers of agencies perform background checks on all potential employees. More states are also requiring caregivers be certified through a rigorous process, but that’s not universal.

This fall, sit down and talk to the elderly person in your life about various home care options. The more you know about them, the easier it’s going to be for you to convince them this is something to take into account.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in New York, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!

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Patricia Coffie, RN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.

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