Category Archives: Eldercare

Help at home for dementia patients

Elder CareOften when families receive news that an elderly parent or grandparent has Alzheimer’s, one of their first concerns is about where their loved one should live.

Many ponder moving the Alzheimer’s patient to a nursing home or assisted living facility but they worry about how that drastic change may impact their loved one who may already be frail.

Not everyone with Alzheimer’s needs to relocate. When given a choice, elders prefer to live in the comfort of their own home so they can live life at their own pace and on their own schedule, surrounded by the things and people they love.

The good news is that with proper support, care and supervision, people with memory loss illnesses can do just that thanks to home health agencies like Home Attendant Care. They have trained caregivers who are available for everything from occasional check-ins to 24-hour live-in care.

Licensed caregivers help dementia patients with medication monitoring, personal care tasks, safety checks, light housekeeping, cooking, errands, and more.

Aside from that type of daily living assistance, professional caregivers also provide valuable companionship for senior citizens who may be living alone with dementia.

Caregiving for a family member with Alzheimer’s can be rewarding, but it can also be mentally and physically exhausting. If a loved one has recently been diagnosed with dementia or if you’re caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and need respite for a few hours, or if 24-hour live-in care is needed, contact Home Attendant Care. We are available as a resource for you!

Our services cover Whatcom, Island, Skagit, San Juan and Snohomish Counties. We work hard every day to help seniors with dementia safely remain in their own home throughout the aging process.

Challenges of the “Sandwich Generation”

Home Attendant CareHave you heard the term “sandwich generation”? These words describe a specific group of middle-aged Americans that is increasing in size every year. Sandwich generation members are adults who are responsible for the care of both their aging parents and their own children.

According to Pew Research, 47% of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent 65 or older and are raising a young child or helping support an adult child. Many of those adults are providing financial support to both their parents and their child. Not only does that put financial pressure on members of the sandwich generation, it also can cause strain on family relationships and their own health and well-being.

One challenge for those who spend a great deal of time caring for others is carving out quality time to rest, relax and step away from their caregiver role so they can prevent burnout.

Caregiver burnout can quickly occur for those who are caught in the middle of two generations.  To prevent burnout, and maintain positive relations with all ages, sandwich generation members need to reach out to others for respite on a regular basis.

Respite care can come from friends and family members willing to step in and give the primary caregiver a break for a few hours, a full day or an extended vacation. Hiring licensed caregivers is also an option when others are not available to help.

At Home Attendant Care, our professional, compassionate caregivers provide respite care in a number of ways. They can stop by in the morning or at night for safety checks, spend a few hours each day ensuring meals are made and medications are taken or they can even stay around the clock with an aging parent who isn’t able to be left alone so the rest of the family can go on memory-making vacations without worry.

Professional caregivers can be an excellent option for those looking to fill some gaps while raising their own kids and caring for aging parents – even a few hours of respite care can make a huge difference.

It’s a fact that caring for another person on an ongoing basis can be rewarding and meaningful. It can also be challenging and emotionally draining – it’s important to tap into resources available for respite.

If you need a licensed caregiver to help provide care for elders in your life, contact Home Attendant Care today to learn about respite care services that can be personalized to meet the unique needs of the sandwich generation.