When a Little More Help is Needed

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October 24, 2017

When a Little More Help is Needed

Lucia Maglio

Sometimes older adults reach a point where some of the activities of daily living are becoming more challenging. Or perhaps additional companionship is desired, whether at home or in the hospital. At Holy Redeemer Health System, we call this assistance program Support at Home, but services in your local community may go by a different name.

When looking for additional help, remember that the little things mean a lot. If you’re considering services for someone else it can be easy to forget the details of daily life because they’re not a challenge for you.

Consider whether the following types of help would be beneficial for your loved one:

  • Running errands such as a trip to the grocery or a doctor’s appointment
  • Planning and preparing meals
  • Organizing and managing medications
  • Keeping the home clean and tidy
  • Ensuring daily activity and exercise
  • Managing personal hygiene
  • Providing companionship and socialization

Of great importance is the selection and training of individuals who will come into your loved one’s home. Inquire about the selection criteria. Then learn about the mission of the organization and the training methodology used. You’ll want to be sure that integrity and compassion are facets of the care offered.

Finally, determine if the schedule is flexible to meet your specific needs and whether the organization accepts insurance or veteran’s benefits payments.

More and more, families are challenged to provide additional help to older loved ones while raising children and meeting work demands. Search in your community for trained companions who can help meet increasing needs. If you are local to our community and would like information about Holy Redeemer Support at Home, click here.

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