By David Hachmeister, Owner, Care & Comfort at Home for Seniors and Veterans
I remember the process of going to bed in my 20s. Not real difficult: Brush my teeth, put on my pj’s, and slip into bed for immediate sleep.
As an older adult, I now have to: 1) be sure I don’t eat too much too late, 2) try not to fall asleep too early, 3) turn down the thermostat, 4) take my melatonin, 5) floss and brush my teeth, 6) use my Flonase, 7) put on my pj’s, and finally 8) put in my night guard. Oh, did I forget the burglar alarm? Am I sure the door is locked? Your senior older loved one probably has an even longer list to contend with than I do.
The swirl of wondrous possibilities has become a whirlwind uncertainty and change. I expect only more of that as I age further. It is the strength of our years of experience and wisdom that allow us to be equal to the challenges ahead.
Some of the key characteristics we look for in a Caregiver are patience and understanding. They must be able to deal with the slower pace and complications of aging. These characteristics can be nurtured, but only by people who already have the right predisposition. If the seeds aren’t there, the tree will never grow.
When you interview a someone to take care of your loved one, be sure you sense these qualities; elsewise, I can almost guarantee that the arrangement won’t work out well. We have done this successfully for years. If you are looking for care providers, probably for the first time (or even a few more), it is very difficult to have the needed discernment. We can help.
If you are looking for the right person with all the right characteristics to provide the quality of care your loved one deserves, contact us today by calling 630-333-9262 in the Chicago area, 720-788-0611 in the Denver area, or just click HERE to contact us via our online form for either location.