Caring for an elderly loved one can be a challenging task for anyone- both professional caregivers of senior homecare and devoted family members alike may face a variety of emotional and physical stresses that can ultimately lead to burnout.
Physical Requirements – Those looking after a senior requiring private medical care are often charged with many grueling physical tasks for the patient, such as:
- Lifting or transferring the elder in and out of bed, wheelchair, bathtub, or car
- Adjusting positions in bed
Running errands and getting the elder to appointments
When combined with other daily activities in the caregiver’s regular life, these physical tasks can become terribly exhausting.
Emotional Demands – The toll of a patient who can’t remember your name, follow directions, or communicate clearly cannot be underestimated. Dementia, behavioral problems, physical aggression, and a tendency to wander away can further exacerbate these frustrations, and can result in anger and resentment on the part of the caregiver
Financial Stressors – Caregiving is an often thankless job, and for most family members it is done without any financial compensation. The time and effort involved in caregiving can also take time away from regular jobs, further depleting finances. Finally, insurance companies don’t always cover the essentials, putting many senior homecare providers in stressful financial situations.
Burn-out Warning Signs –
- Sadness and mood swings
- Excessive crying
- Lack of energy
- Feeling like you have no time for yourself
- Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
- Isolating yourself
- Loss of interest in once-enjoyed activities
- Resentment or anger towards the person you are caring for
What To Do – Remember that you’re not alone, and that caregiver burn-out is quite common. Talk to a doctor about stress management tactics, and don’t be afraid to ask for a break from time to time. Family members should also consider enlisting the services of professional and trusted Phoenix homecare companies to help ease their burden. Nightingale Homecare is a top rated homecare provider in Scottsdale that would be happy to assist you in many aspects of senior caregiving. We understand how important it is for caregivers to look after themselves, and provide a wide array of compassionate senior homecare services to lighten your load. Call Nightingale Homecare at (602) 504-1555 or contact us to learn more about how we can help.
Bathrooms pose safety risks for all of us, but the elderly are especially prone to accidents and injuries while using these facilities. It is possible to implement preventative measures while maintaining dignity and independence for your loved one. A few simple adjustments in the bathroom reduce the risk of falls and injuries and provide a much-needed sense of safety and comfort for individuals living alone or receiving in home senior care.
Bathroom Safety Risks
Getting in and out of the tub can be physically challenging and poses a high risk of injury. Slippery surfaces like bottoms and sides of the tub further contribute to this risk. Lowering and raising oneself from the toilet is another challenging task for the elderly. Arthritis or problems with hips, knees, or back complicate these actions even more. Nightingale Home Care, the premier in home care Scottsdale and Carefree agency, offers these solutions and tips:
- Non-slip suction mats or rubber silicone appliqués in and around the tub are an excellent way to prevent injuries. To ensure sturdy bath mobility, a loved one or a caregiver should place one mat on the tub’s bottom and one outside the tub for stepping out onto.
- Grab bars provide additional support for getting in and out of bathtubs, or for raising and lowering the body once in the water. Place institutional-grade stainless steel bars all around the tub: a vertical U-shaped bar above the faucet assists in entering and exiting the tub, while a horizontal bar at the foot end and on the back wall allow the bather to safely get in and out of a seated position. A family member or in home nursing care provider should also ensure the installation of a steel bar by the toilet to provide stability and leverage. Towel bars should never be used as support bars.
More Support Options
- Raising the toilet seat five to seven inches improves ease of use while also providing leverage for standing. Molded plastic seats or adjustable seats are affordable and easy to install.
- Portable chairs and benches placed in tubs can further assist with bathing, while an inside-outside transfer bench allows the bather to slide into the tub easily. Ensure all seats have non-slip rubber tips for maximum safety.
To ensure all preventative measures have been taken, consider asking a professional in home care provider or occupational therapist provided by a licensed and certified home health care agency for advice. Nightingale is one of the most trusted in home care Scottsdale and Phoenix area agencies, and we would be happy to answer your questions about elderly independence and bathroom safety. Whether your loved one is living independently or receiving home care, we can provide you with valuable information and advice. If you’re interested in learning more about our professional in home nursing care services for someone you love, please call us at (602) 504-1555 or visit us online to find a compassionate in home care Scottsdale agency.
The demand for services offered by home care companies in Scottsdale has significantly increased over the years. The healthcare industry has adjusted to this demand, providing a large selection of home care companies that offer varying levels of in-home care, from Home Health to Private Duty. Whatever the home care needs your loved one may have, Scottsdale home care companies can provide a caregiver with the appropriate skills, experience and training to help your loved one live at home safely.
If your loved one has a physician order for specialized medical attention requiring skilled services, such as a registered nurse or physical therapist, and is homebound; this would be considered “home health care”. These home health care services are typically covered by Medicare or other insurance. Home health care includes services such as, wound care, dementia care, and medical monitoring for patients with chronic conditions including heart disease, chronic lung disease and diabetes. They also have the skill level required to administer injections, provide a rehabilitation plan following surgery, and teach patients how to manage their chronic conditions safely in the home.
Private Duty care providers are companies who help those individuals in need of short or long-term home care who prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home, rather than in a care facility. Private duty services range from custodial care to highly skilled nursing care, during periods ranging from a brief visit, to 24 hours around the clock care. Private Duty caregivers can also perform light home management, errands, meal preparation, housekeeping, or transportation to places, such as the grocery store, pharmacy or doctor’s office. Medical or ‘skilled’ Private Duty offers care to those patients who require medically intensive care for long-term chronic conditions, or skilled nursing care required following a hospital stay, or at the end of life. Nightingale Home Care’s Private Duty division is licensed by the Department of Health Service and all care is managed by a Registered Nurse Supervisor. Private Duty home caregivers will give you peace of mind knowing that your loved one is being well taken care of.
The Arizona Business Journal and Ranking Arizona consistently rates home care Phoenix, AZ, Nightingale Home Care among the finest Phoenix home care agencies. If you’re not sure about the type of care and the services you require, a Nightingale Home Care representative can answer your questions then custom-fit a plan to best fit your needs. Please call Nightingale Home Care today at (602) 504-1555 or contact us online for more information. Our caring staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We look forward to helping you!