Your parent needs a little help at home
You probably have a loved one—most likely an elderly or aging parent— who needs some help at home. It could be as simple as help keeping up with daily household chores, grocery shopping or meal preparation.
When miles keep you from seeing your aging loved one
You may live out of town or even across the country and feel guilty about not visiting your parents as off as you should. You worry about them. You might even call their neighbors to inquire about how your parent is doing. The one thing you know for sure is your parent is not getting any younger and now might be the best time to investigate home care for them.
Physical and cognitive changes aren't always easy to detect
When you see your aging parents only a few times a year, it's hard for you to assess them for physical or cognitive declines. In-home caregivers are trained to monitor your loved one's physical and cognitive changes to report to you when a change has surfaced.
Your elderly parent is lonely
With the pandemic keeping seniors isolated at home, loneliness has become a top issue for seniors. Living alone exacerbates the feelings of loneliness. According to Dr. Cole of the National Institute of Health (NIH), "Loneliness acts as a fertilizer for other diseases. The biology of loneliness can accelerate the buildup of plaque in arteries, help cancer cells grow and spread, and promote inflammation in the brain leading to Alzheimer’s disease. Loneliness promotes several different types of wear and tear on the body."
When your siblings nominate you to find the best home care for your aging parents
We’ll make you the family hero by providing compassionate home care for your loved one. Your family will appreciate your due diligence in selecting the right choice in-home care.
You don’t want your adult children to be burdened with your need for some extra help with the day-to-day. Or maybe you don’t have any relatives nearby. Or the isolation related to the pandemic has made you lonely and you're not sure how to handle the loneliness.
The good news is that our experience in-home care is extensive and we care for you or your loved one with the compassion that we’d give our own family. Our companion care is a wonderful way to end the loneliness blues.
No matter who in your family needs some help at home, our secret sauce is what we are praised for, time and again. It's a mixture of compassion, love, empathy and continuity of experienced care infused with strong communication, whether we’re with your loved one for a couple of hours or a 24/7 live-in arrangement.
If you’re shopping around for in-home care for a parent or loved one, you’re probably a little stressed about the process. And quite possibly tired of every home care agency telling you “we’re the best.” It’s hard. Be sure to have prospective agencies explain their secret sauce!
According to a Gallup-Healthways study, more than 1 in 6 Americans working full-time or part-time report assisting with the care of an elderly or disabled family member, relative or friend. Family caregivers indicated that this assistance significantly affected their work life. Adult children don't want their parents having to leave their homes due to age-related illness or impairment. Many family caregivers spend more than 25 hours a week — in addition to their outside job and managing their household/family — caring for elderly parents and family members.
With someone else to take care of daily caregiving needs, family members (that's you!) can return to simply enjoying their relationship with an aging parent. Instead of feeling overburdened and guilty, time together can be spent creating new and recalling old memories.
Most people who are new at this, like you perhaps, approach us because they have an aging parent who needs in-home help. If that’s why you’re here, we recommend that you download this free guide on elder caregiving, “Where to Begin.” It will answer most of your questions and help you define a go-forward strategy.
While we do believe that our agency is a smart choice for non-medical in-home care, we’d like to prove it to you, in real-time, and we begin that journey with an in-home care and safety assessment that costs you nothing. It's a good opportunity for you to learn about us as an agency and as caring professionals, as it involves our care team meeting with you and any other involved family members, and of course, your loved one, if you desire.
We learn everything we can about your loved one—when they take their prescription medicine /dosage to what their favorite foods are to habits, limitations and so on. A home safety inspection is performed to identify potential safety hazards. We gather information about what you expect from caregiving so that we can meet, or exceed your expectations. And, a key part of our care is communication with you so that you can have the peace of mind knowing that your loved one is well cared for. We'll be sure to ask you to identify any problems, special needs, strengths, weaknesses and resources, as well as evaluate your loved one's:
The benefit that towers above all others is the peace of mind that you feel from knowing you've finally initiated care for the person who may have spent a lifetime caring for you. And some argue that they are more excited at the cost savings of home care versus an assisted living facility or nursing home. Most of our clients indicate they feel so much better from the peace of mind we offer, but they’re equally as happy about saving a lot of money by using in-home care.
Something that seems to be a sensitive topic for some adult children, is breaking the news to their aging parents that they need in-home care. We work with you to help with the message delivery to your parents, as we’ve done it so often, that we understand the process an older person goes through when they believe they are losing their independence and others are beginning to control them. We know the right words, the explanations and the logic to convey to make this a smooth transition—just another benefit of home care. Download Conversation on Aging, a guide to discussing in-home care with your aging parents.
In-home care is a cost-effective way for loved ones recuperating from a hospital stay or who, because of functional or cognitive disability, are unable to fully take care of themselves. In fact, post-hospital patients who receive home care services are less likely to be readmitted for hospitalization.
And the little secret about in-home care that you'll never hear from an assisted living facility or nursing home: one on one, individual care is given by in-home caregivers, not one caregiver for every 12 patients, like their facilities. Think about that!
The beauty of in-home care is that it reinforces and supports the care provided by family members and friends, while your loved one maintains their dignity and independence—and morale.
Are you coordinating caregiving from out of town? When you are confident that your home care provider is top-notch in both caregiving and communication, there’s a certain peace of mind that accompanies that confidence. It may even help you sleep at night. We are there when you can’t be.
If your siblings and other family have appointed you as the designated home care detective, we will make you the family hero by providing the most complete details of what home care entails, why it works and how it will enrich your loved one’s quality of life. You’ll be able to share a blueprint of care with your siblings and family.
As professional and compassionate caregivers, you can trust your choice of SYNERGY HomeCare of San Clemente to have all the bases covered, especially these, which are the answers to new clients’ most frequently asked questions:
You probably have a lot of them! Call us and we’ll answer them for you. We are happy to help you get control of a tough situation and get your loved one’s life (and yours) back on track.
There’s no obligation; you’ll just get the answers you’re seeking and the solution you need.
Plus, you'll get to know us, and get a taste of our secret sauce!
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For families needing in-home care who live in these Orange County cities: Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Irvine, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Trabuco Canyon, Rancho Santa Margarita, & Ladera Ranch.
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