The trouble with knowing something is that you can forget what it’s like not knowing. This happened once when I was talking to another business associate. I mentioned that Compassionate Nursing Services does a lot of senior care, and he said “Knock on wood—neither of my parents has Alzheimer’s!”
To him, “senior care” only meant putting their parents in a home, or with a nurse, because they had dementia. He had no idea of just how broad senior care really was. I learned at that moment to never assume that anyone has a full idea of what senior care is.
True, dementia is a common and valid reason to obtain senior care for a loved one. But many families get additional at home senior care for things like:
- Accident rehabilitation. Accidents can easily hamper our ability to live independently. And, as we get older, it can take more time to recover from a serious accident. Seniors may need additional care and/or physical therapy.
- Bath visits. Sometimes, seniors need assistance with only a handful of activities. Many times, these have to do with bathing and toiletry. Senior care can be as simple as having someone come over to help a person in and out of the tub safely.
- Overnight care. Sometimes seniors just need someone to stay overnight to monitor them. Caregivers will often help with a nighttime routine, and a few time during the night if restroom help is needed.
- Medication set-up and/or compliance. Tracking medication and ensuring compliance can mean the difference between health and serious problems. Sometimes it helps to have someone keep your loved one on a proper medication schedule.
- Hospice/Palliative care. There comes a point where the main purpose of care is to ensure the quality of life more than the sheer quantity. Trained nursing care can be provided to make a loved one’s last days as comfortable as possible.
Senior care can consist of many different services. If you would like a full list, or are just curious about whether or not senior care is right for your loved one, contact Matt at Compassionate Nursing Services. Everything you share will be held confidential and treated with the utmost compassion.