Elder Care in Guilford CT: 5 Key Tips to Being a Family Caregiver


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5 Key Tips to Being a Family Caregiver

Elder Care in Guilford CT

Elder Care in Guilford CTBeing a family caregiver for an elderly loved one can be a stressful experience, especially for someone who is new to this role. Depending on the health condition of the elder, you may be required to help with feeding, bathing, cooking, light housework, transportation, and anything else your loved one is unable to do by themselves.

One way you can help is by providing the love and family support your parent needs while an elder care provider handles all of the caregiving responsibilities. However, if you would like to be involved in caring for the senior, being prepared is important. Follow these 5 tips to help you give your loved one the care they need.

  1. Understand how much time will be needed. The hours of a family caregiver usually go beyond that of a typical 9-to-5 job. A majority of your time will be spent with the elder, so you need to consider whether or not this is something you are able to do.
  2. Have a schedule. From doctor appointments to prescriptions, a daily schedule is very helpful at keeping track of everything your elderly loved one needs each day. Many medications also need to be taken at the same time each day, so having a schedule will keep you organized.
  3. Communicate with the senior's medical team. If the elder has a medical condition, you will have to drive them to doctor's appointments and possibly physical therapy. Staying in touch with these medical professionals will keep you updated on the senior's health status. When going to each appointment, have a list of questions ready for the doctor in order to provide the best care for your loved one.
  4. Remove dangers in the home. A loose rug or dim lighting may not pose as a threat to us, but can be life-threatening to older adults. Thoroughly inspect the home, looking for any potential dangers. Remove any loose rugs, add brighter lighting to hallways and stairways, install a grab bar in the bathroom, and move the elder's bedroom to the first floor of the home.
  5. Stimulate their mind. Mature adults need to keep their mind active in order to improve their memory and reverse the aging of their brain. Try to incorporate stimulating activities into their daily schedule, such as puzzles, reading, and games that will get them thinking.

Being a family caregiver can be stressful, but also a rewarding experience. By being prepared, you will be able to give your loved one the support and care they need.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Guilford, CT. Please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare East Haven. Call today: (203) 691-5071.

Gordon A. Wall
Gordon A. Wall

Welcome to SYNERGY HomeCare of East Haven, CT. We are an agency that provides non-medical services such as companion care, homemaking, personal care , and respite care to individuals of all age groups. Our mission is to assist individuals to reach the maximum amount of independence they can achieve, and to improve the quality of life for those that are experiencing physical or mental disabilities. These disabilities may include, but are not limited to, stroke, Alzheimer's or other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, or cancer.

Hello, my name is Gordon Wall and I am the President and owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of East Haven, Ct. My wife and I have been in the medical field for 35 years as I am a Registered Pharmacist and my wife a Registered Nurse. Although SYNERGY HomeCare is a non-medical agency, together we have a long history of medical expertise that is beneficial in providing homecare services.

We understand the challenges, both physically and mentally, that are involved in caring for aging parents, as we have had our own personal experiences, and are aware of the demands it places on family members as they endeavor to maintain their own household/lives. We are very passionate about maintaining the integrity of the workers and the dignity of the clients. We strive to make aging and healing a beautiful part of life and realize the importance of staying in ones home to achieve this. Whatever age requires the service.....'There is no place like home'.

We specially train our caregivers/CNA's to meet the individualized needs per diagnosis. We instill in them the importance of treating each person with respect, compassion, and having empathy with their client. Each caregiver/CNA is CPR certified, they have evidence of negative TB testing, they are fully insured and a national criminal background check is performed. My wife works with each caregiver clinically before they are assigned to a client. Once assigned to a client, quality calls and visits are conducted to make sure the client/family is satisfied with the care they are receiving with their caregiver(s). There are times when a client is receiving medical care. We also can work side by side with a medical team in providing additional non-medical care.

As SYNERGY HomeCare of East Haven our service area consists of New Haven, East Haven, Branford, North Branford, Guilford, Madison, Northford, Wallingford, and Durham. Our services are not limited to providing care only in one's home, but also to those individuals who require assistance in hospitals, nursing homes, or assisted living facilities.

There is much more to be said about SYNERGY HomeCare, our CNA's, and our services. Feel free to contact our

office at 203-691-5071. Our phones are answered live 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. You can also view our website at www.synergyhomecare.com to see all that SYNERGY has to offer.

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