Jun 1, 2015 by Jim Winn
We all want to stay home and live independently for as long as we can. But as we get older, many everyday tasks become more difficult. You want a home-cooked meal, but you’re just too tired to do it. You know it would be good for your health to walk around the block from time to time, but the idea of it is overwhelming. Doing the laundry, changing the sheets, sorting the mail… All of those everyday activities that used to be so easy can become very difficult as we age.
We can ask our children for assistance, or perhaps a neighbor or a volunteer. The problem is that since they are can only offer help on their own time, they are not always as flexible as we may need them to be. Though they are trying their best, it may seem to you that they are not reliable. The fact is that it’s hard to get help from family and friends when you need it, exactly the way that you want it.
If these situations sound familiar, then it may be time to consider hiring a reputable Home Health Care Agency. Though it may feel unsettling at first to have a stranger come into your home, you can have peace of mind knowing that a licensed agency properly screens its employees, including criminal background checks and an extensive interview process. Since the agency works for you, you can count on a Certified Home Health Aide to come to your home exactly when you need them.
Another plus to working with an agency is that if you don’t like the person they send to assist you, you can call the agency and ask them not to send that person back. You never have to worry about hurting anyone’s feelings or the awkwardness of firing someone.
Depending on the agency, you can receive help with anything from light housekeeping, to driving you to doctors’ appointments. The right caregivers are not there to take away your independence, they are there to assist you with whatever you need a hand with, and to keep you active. For instance if making a meal is too overwhelming, you can have the caregiver assist you in preparing the vegetables and cooking the meal. After the meal, the caregiver can wash the dishes. You can do as much or as little as you want to do.
An agency can help you for as little as 2 hours a week, or provide you with 24-hour live-in care. Most agencies will work with you to assess your situation at no cost, and develop a plan that will best fit your needs and your budget. Over time, you will see that with the help of an agency, that “stranger” in your house can become a friend (who you can boss around), and the extra help you receive can allow you to do exactly what you want to do – to stay in the comfort of your own home.