Taking Care of a Loved One During the Holidays?


By Gretchen Canedo

The holiday season is supposed to be a joyful time spent with our loved ones. But if are caring for a loved one needing personal assistance in order to help them remain living at home, you know the season can quickly turn into a period of emotional stress and physical exhaustion. The best gift for everyone this year may be the services of an in-home care agency to help care for your loved one giving you and the whole family the freedom to plan and enjoy the holidays. You'll have the peace of mind knowing your loved one is being personally cared for and they won't feel like they're being a burden to you and the family, as you enjoy the holidays together.

In-home care companies provide general supervision and assistance with personal care and handle routine daily activities including light housekeeping, meal preparation, errand running, and many other tasks. Their caregivers can be in the home for a few hours a day or around the clock, and fit in just like they're part of the family. In-home care is also for new mothers and those with a short-term disability or illness until they can get on their feet again. You may what to think about the following benefits that will make this holiday season less stressful and more joyful:

Benefit 1: Convenience
Your in-home care agency will work out a schedule and a list of duties your caregiver will perform when you meet with them. The company will choose the best caregiver for you to ensure the care you receive is personalized to meet your exact needs as well as your holiday schedule.

Benefit 2: Comfort
You're loved one is able to continue living independently in familiar surroundings because your caregiver comes to their home. It doesn't matter whether you're feeling ill or well, most people prefer the comfort of being in their home, especially during the holiday season.

Benefit 3: Companionship
In-home care services also provide something we all need more of during the holidays, companionship. They'll have someone there to take care of their personal needs and their need for companionship. Most in-home care companies will match a caregiver to their personal care needs and to their personal interests.

Benefit 4: Cost-Effectiveness
They'll receive one-on-one care and attention from their caregiver that they can't get in a facility. That means greater value for every dollar. Plus, their caregiver may perform tasks previously handled by an errand service, a personal chef, a housekeeper, and someone to help them get around town. Their personal caregiver can help everyone save money and time, too.

Benefit 5: Security
Having a professional caregiver in your home, can provide an additional level of security. However, when contacting an in-home care company, first check to how the agency screens caregivers and manages their staff. Then make sure your selected agency is properly licensed, if required by your state, insured and that its caregivers are fidelity bonded.

Benefit 6: Assurance
In-home care assures you and your family peace of mind. Because of the increased demands of the season, many adult children of aging parents can't tend to all their needs during the holidays. With an agency's caregiver in the home, families are regularly updated as to the well-being of their parents. Having a personal, caring, professional caregiver in the home provides everyone peace of mind.

During the holiday season, in-home care agencies can lighten the burden of caring for your loved one while you and your loved one spend quality time together enjoying the holidays. That's a gift for everyone. To learn more and to find all the caregiver agencies serving your home, or the home of your loved one, visit http://www.InHomeCare.com and have a joyful holiday season.