Do You Consider Yourself a Caregiver? Why this Matters in Fresh Meadows, NY

Caregivers  Fresh MeadowsIf you were to ask 100 people who are caring for an elderly loved one, few would probably consider themselves to be caregivers. It might not seem to matter all that much, but how you view yourself, what you think that you do, does matter. If you are caring for an elderly individual, then you are a caregiver.

Why Does this Matter?

When you think that you’re just tending to the needs of your mother or father, or other loved one, you aren’t apt to take the responsibilities as seriously as you might if you had a job doing something for a stranger. This doesn’t mean that you’re not going to care about what happens to your loved one, but that you are more apt to run late, to skip visiting with your loved one, or to not even have a schedule that you need to keep.

When you don’t consider yourself to be a caregiver, then you’re not as likely to focus on what is best for your loved one. You won’t research or try to learn about the best strategies to have in place. You won’t be focused on trying to be the best that you can be.

You’re main focus will likely be to ensure that your loved one is safe. That’s about it. But being someone who ensures safety and being a home care provider for an elderly individual are two completely different things. For the home care provider, safety is a major concern, but so is helping the elderly individual life a full and complete life.

There are so many things that your elderly loved one can still do, even though they may be limited by their physical or mental health.

As a professional caregiver, a person would be expected to arrive at the patient’s home at a certain time, not whenever it’s convenient or when they have time. Routine is important. It doesn’t matter whether your mother needs help getting out of bed in the morning or that your father needs help making meals in the evening. Consistency in the schedule means they will know when you’re going to be there.

Consider yourself to be a caregiver and you will begin to take the job more seriously. It is a job, whether you get paid for it or not, whether you realize it or not. The sooner you accept your role, the sooner you’ll be able to focus on finding the best way to be the ideal support for your loved one.

For more information about caregivers in Fresh Meadows, NY and the surrounding areas, contact Best Senior Home Care at 718-208-4002. Serving Bayside, Flushing, Fresh Meadows, Whitestone, Forest Hills, Little Neck, Auburndale, Queens Village, Bellerose, Manhattan and surrounding communities.

About Kevin Meaney

At 85 my dad lived on his own in Florida for nine months of the year, enjoying the warm weather and playing golf several times a week with friends.
Then one day while taking a walk alone, he suddenly got a little light-headed and fell, resulting in a serious head injury and a four week stay in the hospital and rehab.

Suddenly everything changed.
My dad’s condition after the accident made it clear he could no longer live independently, and after some deliberation my wife and I decided to have him come and live with us in New York.

We were both still working at the time, but I had a home office, and so I became my dad’s primary caregiver/companion during the day. Although my dad was easy going and a low-maintenance guy, he did need some help with washing and dressing, meal preparation, medication reminders, trips to the doctor, and socialization. Always a very outgoing guy, I noticed now that without some encouragement/nudging, he would be content to stay home and watch TV all day.

This experience led me to start Best Senior Home Care.
It helped me really appreciate just how challenging and stressful it can be to care for an aging parent at home. This despite the fact I was lucky enough to have a spouse and grown children at home to help, and many siblings nearby only too happy to assist whenever needed.

Clearly not all families are this fortunate! At Best Senior Home Care, our mission is a simple one – help families in need to find reliable, compassionate caregivers to be there for your loved ones when you can’t be there. Over the last five years we have helped many families in the area with in-home care for an aging parent or other relative. Google Verified Author