Taking care of a loved one as they get older can be one of the hardest things a child will ever do for their parents, but it can also be one of the sweetest and most rewarding. As your parents age, often there are things that become harder for them to do. They may need a little help now and then or they may need full time, 24/7 care. While you do all you can, it can be physically and emotionally exhausting taking care of them while also not allowing you to spend true quality time with them as you are taking care of the house, running errands or helping your loved ones with daily tasks. Hiring a live-in caregiver can give you peace of mind when you can not be there but also give you quality time to just enjoy being with your parents and making memories with them. Whether it be gardening, doing puzzles, playing board games or watching tv, you have the opportunity to continue enjoying this precious time together without the added stress or exhaustion of taking care of their daily needs.
Five Benefits of Hiring a Live-in Caregiver
While there are so many great benefits of hiring a live-in caregiver for your loved ones as opposed to sending them to a senior assisted living facility, we are just going to point out the five main ones that we feel are some of the most important.
Quality Time with your loved ones
By hiring a live-in caregiver, you free up your time for long talks, walks, puzzles, games, cooking, and more. Your time can be spent making memories with your parents instead of cleaning, doing chores, reminding them to take their pills, etc. These days are precious, and every moment counts. A live-in caregiver gives you that freedom to just be a son or daughter enjoying quality time with their parents when you go to visit.
Reduced Stress knowing they are taken care of
Hiring a live-in caregiver helps relieve the stress of daily concerns, such as reminding parents to take their pills, driving to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, and the list goes on. A live-in caregiver takes care of the daily needs of your loved ones so you do not have to stress or worry about them when you are away. You can feel at ease knowing someone is with them at all times to help with whatever they need. At Just Like Family, we have a detailed list of what our overnight and live in care staff does to care for your parents.
Regular Schedule for mental health and routine
Many older family members struggle with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and need a regular routine in their own home to help keep a sense of normalcy and routine. Having a live-in caregiver can help your loved ones keep a routine in the comfort of their own home where it can be easier to remember daily tasks and where items are located around the house. This is a huge advantage over senior assisted living facilities as the change can be sudden and jarring for seniors to get used to.
Friendly Companionship for at home and running errands
Many times the hardest part for someone to stay in their home by themselves is the loneliness. Loneliness can cause depression and a lack of energy and will to want to get out of bed each day. A live-in caregiver is a companion to give your loved one someone to talk to, run to the store with or go to a doctor’s appointment so they do not feel alone or scared. A friendly face and companion they can get to know can help lift their spirits and help them not feel lonely when friends and family can not be there.
24/7 Care in case of emergency situations
The smallest fall or slip of the hand can be a big deal for older family members as these small mishaps can create big emergencies. Having a 24/7 live-in caregiver helps keep your loved ones safe from these situations and also provides someone there to call for help in emergency situations. Even a small concern may need to be checked out by their local family doctor, so having someone there to make that call and let you know about emergency situations can be comforting for both you and your loved ones.
If you have been looking for a live-in caregiver for your loved ones in Canada, Just Like Family is the home care service you have been looking for. Our trained caregivers are carefully screened for quality care and services for all of our clients. We care about every client and their welfare, both emotionally and physically. We provide the support you and your loved ones need to create a calm place they can feel safe and comfortable, keeping their same schedules and traditions.
If you have any questions about our live-in caregivers or any of our other services for senior home care for your loved one, please contact us to get started with an in-home consultation. This is a great way for you to get to know us and for us to get to know more about you, your loved ones, and their specific needs. We look forward to working with you and creating an atmosphere of peace and calm for your loved ones where they feel like we are just like family.