At the end of the caregiving day, what tasks, chores and responsibilities are usually left undone? What are the things you just can’t find time, energy or the desire to do?
This simple exercise may be a good way to determine where home care could be helpful.
Home care services don’t have to be skilled, medical or health-related; home care workers can provider personal care (bathing, dressing, grooming, assistance with toileting or transferring, etc.), companion care (visiting, writing letters, playing games, etc.), or assist with household maintenance (cooking, cleaning, gardening, etc.).
Home care does not have to fit into a daily 9-5 schedule; you can hire a home care professional to come in as infrequently as twice a month or as regularly as every week day. Need support (or a break) on the weekends? Home care staff can come in just for the weekend too.
Essentially, home care services are versatile. When you’ve decided where the gaps are, they can fill in. Did your sister offer to help with laundry twice a month? Take her up on it, and hire a home care worker to help on the “off” weeks. Feel like you can handle the work as a caregiver but providing intimate personal care (bathing or toileting) is just too much to ask of family members? Bring in home care in the morning and evening to help the person in your care get ready for the day, or get ready for bed.