Ann Marie, La Cañada: Needs Companionship and Transportation
Thank you for everything you have done for our mother. We have seen a difference in her overall mood and happiness. We are grateful for both her gerontologist and caregiver.
My brother and I are noticing that our mother is becoming more forgetful. She lives alone and doesn’t want to move in with us. She is very independent and says she doesn’t want help. Still we worry about her. With our families and careers, we aren’t able to see her as much as we used to.
We want her to have someone come in and spend time with her every day. We need someone to be there for her during the day, spend time with her and just talk with her. It would be even better if the caregiver could motivate her to get out of the house, participate in indoor and outdoor activities like walks and knitting groups. Now that she doesn’t drive she isn’t getting out as much as she used to.
Soft approach with certified and trained gerontologist
In this case we try to go in softly. The first thing is for our certified gerontologist to visit with her to get to know her and understand her needs as much as possible. Sometimes it turns out that there are other issues or requirements that we discover during these initial assessments, like safety issues in the home, underlying medical conditions, physical limitations or a situation in which specialized equipment could make a big difference.
Sometimes we find that seniors are able to open up to a trained gerontologist about their needs in a way that is difficult to express to their children. The gerontologist can use the assessment not only to assess the needs of the client, but also to educate them about what services are available and help them feel comfortable with taking the major step of asking for help.
Customized plan with carefully selected caregiver
The gerontologist works with the client to develop a plan to provide the support they need, which can vary widely depending on the needs of each individual.
A key aspect of the plan is to find a caregiver who is a great fit on a personal level in terms of shared interests, humor and personality. A great way to do this is to give the senior the option to meet several caregivers and choose someone who they feel a connection to. It is important that the first visit goes well, so often the gerontologist will supervise and stay in contact with both the caregiver and the client during the first few visits to make sure that a good rapport is established.
Good communication, with the family, the client and the client’s doctor.
The client’s needs often change over time, and an important aspect of the plan of care is that the gerontologist stays in touch with the client. What we find is that the level and types of care required change over time. For example, if the client becomes sick, they may require extra care for a few days; or if they have surgery they may require nursing support during the recovery period.
An important aspect of every case is good communication, with the family, the client and the client’s doctor. This can be especially helpful when the children are out-of-state or being pulled in other directions by career and their children’s needs.
The following are actual clients we have had the honor of serving. We hope these example cases help you decide whether Senior Home Care is right for your family.
- Ann Marie, La Cañada: Needs Companionship and Transportation
- Patty in San Marino: Specialized Alzheimer’s or Dementia Care
- Winnie: wanted companionship and an occasional ride to the store
- John: needed short-term help during her recovery from knee surgery
- Jordan: needed help with cleaning, getting around and meal preparation
- Armin: showing early symptoms of Alzheimer’s
Quality Homecare Help Where YOU Need It
We work around your requirements. Whether you or your loved one needs care in your own home or in an assisted or independent living community, we are there to help.
Trained, Insured, and Bonded Caregivers
All of our caregivers are carefully selected and trained in general caregiving skills like senior companionship, homemaking, home health aide skills, hygiene support, mental wellness, physical assistance and general non-medical home care. In addition we provide caregivers with special training and certifications in meal preparation, ALS (Alzheimer’s) support, diabetes support and dementia.