The question today is, “Are you a helicopter caregiver?” I was reading an article and this is the question that stopped me in my tracks, I had to ask myself, “Am I a helicopter caregiver?” As I was thinking about the question, I realized this is similar to a helicopter parent. I understood the definition of a helicopter parent, and that is a parent that takes an excessive overprotective interest in their children’s lives. Going back down memory lane on raising my two daughters, I do not seem to fit into the category of a helicopter parent, but do I fit into the category of a helicopter caregiver since I am a full-time caregiver for my grandparents?
Taking into account what I say does not fit all family dynamics. In short, to give you a background, my grandfather is in the late stages of dementia and my grandmother has a few physical issues that are causing memory loss which has progressed over the past two years. Back to the question, “Am I a helicopter caregiver?” My answer is, “No.” Becoming a helicopter caregiver can bring on caregiver burnout and take your happiness away. Granted, our loved ones need to be protected, feel secure, and have a sense of worth. If someone told you right now, “you will eat what I give you because this is healthy for you, take a nap when I tell you because it is the best time for you, wear what I want you to wear because I know what is best, etc.” I guarantee you that you would not like it and you would have a push-back attitude. Believe it when I say that is how the elderly feel when they are losing their independence.
Having a person-centered approach can make it not only agreeable for your loved one but less stressful for you. So, you say, “What is a person-centered approach?” I am so glad that you asked. The person-centered approach is when you place the person that you are caring for as the center of it all, focusing on what they can do, what they like or aspire and not on their condition or disability. Does this make sense? As everyday people do, you love it more when people want to know about what makes you happy or when someone does what makes them happy for your sake? Of course, this takes work, but once you get it, it becomes easy. Even though I know my grandparents, I have come to learn who they are on another level than just the granddaughter and grandparent relationship. So, the question to you is, “Are you a helicopter caregiver?”
How does a home care agency be the best for Seniors? That is the question I ask myself today. As one of the Owners and an active leader in daily operations at Silver Care, I take time to ask myself each day, “What can Silver Care do to help our seniors that we serve today?” As I surfed the internet I came across another blog that listed the (6) best qualities of a In Home Care Service. This is what was listed…
- A skilled Team
- Caters to Special Needs
- Commitment and Dedication
- A Strong Reputation
- Adapts to the Changing Needs of a Senior
As I read each one I contemplated if Silver Care is reaching the target on all those areas! The results that I came up with is “YES”, Silver Care is making great strides in providing the best caregivers to provide care for our partners. This in itself creates a skill team. Do we miss the mark sometimes? Of course we do, but our goal is to keep going until we get it RIGHT! Silver Care was birthed from life experiences and each day has its challenges but also great rewards serving others in need!
Home Healthcare Experts Providing Excellent Personal Care & Companion Care
Bring attentive care into your home with Silver Care. We serve Hampton Roads Area and Southampton counties with experienced in home healthcare services. Obtain ongoing support with one of our compassionate care providers, and trust that your loved one is in capable hands.
Comprehensive & Compassionate Care
Our home healthcare service plans often include: Whether you are looking for a companion to converse with your loved one, or for an in-home aide to assist with daily housekeeping tasks, our team helps to ease your worries and know your loved one can receive the assistance he or she requires. Each aide works in conjunction with a licensed nurse to form a health care plan that specifically serves your in-home needs.
Home Healthcare For Seniors Services
Linen and laundry
Bathing and grooming
Dressing and showers
Other daily activities
Norfolk Virginia Home Health Care For Seniors
For the best care for your loved one call Silver Care today!
Silver Care accepts medicaid, private pay, and long-term care insurance for personal and respite care. Silver Care offers personal care, companion care, respite care, veteran care services in and out of your home whether you are an elderly person, or temporarily disabled. Professional services are a benefit you will receive when you use Silver Care. Contact us today.
Hampton Roads and Southampton Counties Senior Home Healthcare
Providing Excellent Personal Care & Companion Care
Bring attentive care into your home with Silver Care. We serve Hampton Roads Area and Southampton counties with experienced in-home healthcare services. Obtain ongoing support with one of our compassionate care providers, and trust that your loved one is in capable hands.
Comprehensive & Compassionate Care
Our service plans often include: Whether you are looking for a companion to converse with your loved one, or for an in-home aide to assist with daily housekeeping tasks, our team helps to ease your worries and know your loved one can receive the assistance he or she requires. . Each aide works in conjunction with a licensed nurse to form a health care plan that specifically serves your in-home needs.
- Personal Care
- Meal prep
- Linen and laundry
- Bathing and grooming
- Incontinence care
- Medication reminders
- Errand running
- Dressing and showers
- Other daily activities
Norfolk Virginia Home Health Care For Seniors
With our certified and licensed home health care providers, you can consistently expect professionalism and reliable compassion. We take great joy in reading to, conversing with, reviewing family photo albums, and otherwise keeping company with our clients. Having a warm and friendly presence can help bring peace and stability to the home. Since 2012, our priority has been to provide trustworthy in-home health care to clients in Hampton Roads and Southampton Counties, and we continue to do so with respect and dedication.
(4) Hour Minimum or Flat Rates Offered
If your elderly loved one can no longer carry out regular household chores or feels lonely and uneasy on their own, contact our office at (757) 648-936. We work with you to design a care plan that caters to their needs while allowing them the appropriate freedoms they may still crave. Through respect and compassion, we lovingly serve our clients. Schedule your consultation today for your Silver Care home health care plan.
While home health care can be a real life-saver for those with elderly parents who need assistance working with providers is often a daunting task that can be difficult for both the senior and their caretaker(s). It can be a difficult journey finding the home caregivers or nurses that are right for you.For those just starting the journey into the home health care system, there may still be a lot you don’t know yet.
Top Clients Complaints about Home Care Agencies
- Communication Problems Between Client and the Agency
- Insufficient Caregiver Training
- Too Much Technology
- Irresponsible Caregiver Behaviors
- Cultural differences
Communication Problems Between Client and the Agency
The most common problem lies in poor communication. There are many times when you resort to home health care because your loved one is not able to adequately take care of themselves on their own. For many day-to-day activities, it is up to the caregiver and you to have good communication, so they know what has to be done. It can be especially difficult when you are working with multiple caregivers at a time.
Insufficient Caregiver Training
One of the biggest challenges facing the home healthcare industry is the fact that there is insufficient training. Although certain certifications and titles require that you go through specific training or schooling, you will find that not everyone is as prepared for the tasks as others. Cooking and cleaning abilities may be something you want to evaluate before hiring a potential caregiver.
Too Much Technology
With the growing role technology plays in our daily lives, it is no surprise that the internet poses a huge distraction to caregivers. Clients often complain that their caregivers spend too much time on their phones or laptops that could be better spent paying attention to their clients. It’s very challenging to expect employees won’t use their phones or computers while at work. But you can manage it.