We believe in sharing what we’ve learned about the home health care industry and all related topics to help and support you. Our variety of blogs feature insights, experience and news about aging, healthy lifestyle, and overall well-being. We are continually expanding the blog posting, please expect new publishing’s every two weeks, enjoy the reading. The writer’s opinion doesn’t necessarily reflect Vitae Cares position. However, we encourage, appreciate, and try to stimulate a culture of discussion and even dispute.

Senior Companion Services – Anxiety Grows with Age

 Social Media Team   Saturday, May 20, 2017   

As senior citizens age, anxiety can increase. Five different considerations to build up their trust.

The role of anxiety in the life of an elderly person

Generally speaking, most people pursue happiness, well-being, peace, and a good work–life balance. For older people who live independently in their homes and enjoy senior companion services, life starts to look a little bit different. One might expect that elderly have freedom and contentment, in addition to enormous amounts of patience and the knowledge of a lifetime. In reality, this is not the case for all senior citizens. Loneliness, illness or the beginning stages of dementia may create considerable anxiety and even depression as they see their life’s changing in unexpected ways. Older people are more anxious than when they were younger; the word “fearless” belongs primarily to youth.

Your parent’s signs of nervousness, worry, or dismay

Elderly people may experience anxiety even when there is no threat of danger. This is the result of various causes, including stress and health problems. Gradual loss of hearing, the onset of dementia, and loneliness can also make the elderly uneasy. Sometimes their worries concern their senior companion services. oriental bamboo pattern backgroundFor example, if the caring companion is running late for in-home services, that person might wonder, Will they come at all? Have they just forgotten me? The elderly person might check every minute to see whether the caregiver’s car has pulled into the driveway, or the person might sit at the window, desperately longing for the caregiver to show up. He or she will not find any comfort until someone walks in the door and says, “Hello, how are you today?”

Another example of a stressor is a broken main door that has not been fixed yet. The elderly person may wonder, when is the handyman coming? Where is my favorite blue sweater? When will my son be visiting me next time? I will have to prepare and go to the hairdresser.

We should not underestimate the power of anxious thoughts, even over trivial things; they can stir up substantial negative and fearful emotions. Most of the time, senior citizens describe physical complaints rather than discussing their feelings of anxiety. Yet this sad state of exasperation and discomfort at some point needs to be treated by a doctor.

Safe and sound with a caring companion

It is an established principle that caring companions must be good listeners; it is their job to find out what is going on in the heads of their clients. This process can be compared with measuring a person’s temperature—but in this case, it is the elder person’s emotional condition that is being measured. Here are five important considerations that will help to build trust and relationships with senior citizens:

  • Show up on time for caregiving, or notify your clients by phone about any delay.
  • Do what you say, and say what you do.
  • Be patient; listen carefully; and give the elderly person room to talk.
  • Know all of your clients’ habits.
  • Leave a note about the next appointment.

Perfectly balanced care will bring freedom and peace to the souls of the elderly through the trust developed between caring companion and client. Vitae Care is an excellent provider of in-home care services and is always striving to give each client the best possible care experience. Our caring companions are experienced and skilled in caregiving. We will do what is best for your loved ones and make them feel sound and safe at home by reassuring them that we care.

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Respite Care—the Ideal Solution to Bridge a Short-term Gap

 Social Media Team   Tuesday, May 02, 2017   

With summer approaching, in-home care services can step in to bridge a temporary gap for family caregivers who are looking for support and replacement.

Time is precious. Why do family caregivers need respite care?

Today, caring for a family member or loved one is common. Thousands in our state are providing care for family in one way or another, and the number is rising. Our elderly community is growing every day. Some family caregivers aim to give back what they received when they were younger. Others give care because they can save money. Whole families are willing to carry the additional burden of care and are making things work. Often it is a huge balancing act to accommodate a job, household, family activities, health management, and caregiving. Because they care about their family members and with their willingness to succeed, they do a tremendous job at the cost of their own energy. In-home care service is vital so caregivers can care for their own well-being. Time is precious.

Caring companions adopt care and fill in for you

Family caregiving should not be underestimated. It is a challenging job, and if you are in it for the long-haul, you need to maintain your own resources. Sometimes a break can be more than deserved. But who can you ask to step in and take over? Should you ask your friend or a neighbor for support, or is this too much to ask? How can you possibly handle a family vacation, holidays, or just a needed break? What do you do in an emergency when a family caregiver drops out because of an accident or another cause? It is a good idea for family caregivers to prepare ahead of time and have a plan.

Caring companions allow family caregivers to have a break

This is where respite care, an in-home care service, can step in. An experienced client liaison will carefully assess the situation and the care that is needed. Professional caring services are tailored and come in different packages and hours of support. Furthermore, the agency will be able to support you with advice about potentially finding insurance or another institution that will pay for the cost of in-home care. An essential part of the job of an in-home care agency is to assist families who have no one available and are in need of in-home care services for their maturing adults. Vitae Care will be able to step in to bridge the gap and take over with the experience, skills, and care you deserve.

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