It is no secret that caregivers are modern-day heroes in the lives of many. With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the need for caregivers has skyrocketed. More now than ever, seniors are requesting in-home care. With caregivers coming to the rescue in these unprecedented times, we think it’s essential for everyone to understand what our caregivers do and why they are so important.
Older adults going through a scary diagnosis or experiencing mental and body changes will be feeling many emotions. Caregivers spend a lot of their time talking through these feelings with their clients. It has been proven that the one-on-one time spent between client and caregiver improves the client's mental happiness. That companionship and empathy improve our client’s overall quality of life.
Caregivers play a significant role in describing their clients’ needs to medical professionals and family members. Sometimes older adults can have a hard time expressing everything that might be feeling off with them. Seniors may also downplay any issues to convince themselves that everything is okay. Because caregivers see their clients every day, they can detect slight changes and relay this information to family and medical professionals. Honest communication can make a big difference in the treatment and overall health of their client.
Maintaining a home is a lot of work for one person, especially a senior. It's common for a caregiver to help with household chores such as laundry or cooking meals. Assisting seniors with these small tasks can make a huge difference in their lives, relieving stress, and physical strain.
Getting older can result in loss of mobility, lack of personal hygiene, cooking meals, and more. Caregivers assist in daily personal care, such as dressing, bathing, cooking, medication reminders, and more. It's tough for our older adults to transition into having someone else assist with their care; however, our caregivers make this a smooth process.
Overall, we want to say a big thank you to our current, past, and future caregivers for dedicating your time to making senior lives better. None of this would be possible without your empathy, passion, and skill.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Senior Helper’s caregiver, call your local Senior Helper’s office today. We would love to have you join our team!