Usually, when people think about home care, they think of it as an alternative to nursing homes for the elderly. And although caring for the elderly is often a big part of a caregiver’s job, there are many other candidates for home care that you may not have considered.
In this article, we will discuss some of the individuals that may benefit from home care.
Individuals recovering from surgery or illness
A serious illness or surgery can quickly take away a person’s independence. Family members may have a hard time coping with the fact that someone who had previously been able and healthy (and who may still be young) now requires help dressing or getting up to use the bathroom.
The good news is that with medical advances, more and more people with serious illnesses are making full recoveries. But in the interim, they might need a little help. Recovery can often take some time and be mentally and emotionally taxing for both the patient and the family. A home care worker can help your loved one with their basic day to day tasks, give them their medicines, provide the post-surgery support they need, and help them recover.
Individuals with mental illness
Not all candidates for home care suffer from physical ailments. According to CMHA, in any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada are experiencing a mental health issue or illness. And while not everyone with mental illness needs home care, some can certainly benefit from it.
Those experiencing anxiety, depression, and loneliness may benefit from someone simply checking in on them a few times a week and providing companionship. In some cases, it might be necessary to help with errands, managing appointments, or taking care of things around the house.
Parents caring for an ill or special needs child
Parenting a healthy child is a full-time job, but when a child is ill or has special needs, the demands on parents can be exhausting. A home care worker can help relieve some of the stress for parents by assisting with some of the child’s medical needs or simply spending time with the child in order to give the parents a much-needed break to recharge their emotional batteries.
There are many other examples of how home care may help with caring for someone, but as you can see – the job of a home care worker is not limited to only caring for the elderly. Home care is all about providing care for anyone who needs it.
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