The holidays can be a hectic time of year, and if you’re a family caregiver, you may be experiencing added pressure. Providing care for your loved one while preparing for the holidays can be difficult, especially if you must ready your home for guests, go shopping for presents, or cook for family and friends.
While it can be hard to balance your loved one’s healthcare needs during the holidays, you don’t have to stretch yourself thin. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the coming winter season, there are home care services available to provide your loved one with the care they need. Listed below are some of the home care services that can help you and your loved one during the busy holiday rush.
- Companion Care
- Convalescent Care
- Chronic Care
If you’re looking for a helping hand around the house during the holiday season, an in home companion service can relieve some stress. Companions are caregivers who provide non-medical home care services to help your loved one with daily activities. Companions make frequent visitations to the home and often stay for a few hours to help your loved one remain independent for as long as possible.
A companion can be a great addition to your loved one’s daily routine if they need assistance with meal preparation, laundry, or light housekeeping. If your loved one needs help with hygiene, a companion can assist your loved one further by helping them bathe, groom, and dress. Home care companions can also provide transportation for your loved one. Given the busy time of year, it might be hard to take your loved one to doctors’ appointments or events, but a companion can drive to help your loved one get the healthcare they need without you having to worry.
Often, companions become just that, a reliable and friendly source of companionship for your loved one. By offering a helping hand and a friendly ear, a companion can be a trustworthy seasonal helper around the home to help maintain your loved one’s independence.
If your loved one is recuperating from an illness, injury, or surgery over the holidays, convalescent care can help get them back on their feet. Convalescent care is provided by skilled caregivers including nurses and therapists who can aid in a quicker recovery by continuing treatment in the comfort of your home. Often, convalescent care is short-term and lasts for as long as needed until your loved one’s health returns.
For example, nurses can provide health care services like postoperative care, IV treatment, and wound care. If your loved one wants to continue their therapy at home, a therapist can visit their residence help your loved one with the occupational, physical, or speech therapy they need to improve their quality of life.
If your loved one has a long-term condition, a skilled caregiver can help them get the health care services they need while allowing family caregivers a much-needed break. Chronic care is provided by medically trained caregivers such as registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. These caregivers can provide a full range of skills to assist patients with chronic conditions including:
- Memory Loss
- Multiple Sclerosis
By receiving healthcare from a home care service, your loved one can get the assistance they need in their own loving home, and give you peace of mind knowing they are cared for.
While this is a joyous time of year, the holidays can seem stressful, especially when you have someone depending on you for care. Remember, you don’t have to provide for your loved one alone. There are home health care services available that can help you and your loved one enjoy what matters most this holiday season: getting to spend worry-free, quality time together.
If you are considering home health care services to assist you and your loved one during the holidays, we can help! Contact us today to learn more about the services that are available.