The Pros and Cons of Extended Family Caregiver Support


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The Pros and Cons of Extended Family Caregiver Support

Home Care Services in Wilton, CT - Large Families can Be Helpful for Dividing the Senior Care Responsibilities

Home Care Services in Wilton, CTHaving an extended family can provide a number of important support systems, especially when the patriarch or matriarch of the family begins to struggle with old age. Growing numbers of elderly individuals prefer to remain at home, which is commonly referred to as ‘aging in place.’ Extended families often provide great benefits to these elderly individuals, but home care services can do even more for the patient.

Any elderly individual who is dealing with growing numbers of physical, mental, or even emotional issues requires increasing levels of care. They may begin by requiring assistance getting up and down stairs, getting to doctor’s appointments, shopping for food and other items, and running certain errands. Family members can certainly help out without too much effort.

As age begins to become a more significant issue as a result of the loss of muscle strength, they will require even more assistance throughout the day. Losing muscle strength is a common aspect of aging, and for those who are unable to exercise on a regular basis to maintain the muscle that they do have, they will begin to experience balance issues and other challenges on a regular basis.

An extended family could include cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren, depending on the age of the elderly person. There may be a dozen or more people living within a short drive of the elderly individual’s home who can support them on different days.

However, relying on so many different family members for assistance could become confusing for the elderly individual. Hiring professional home care services can offer tremendous benefits to not only the patient but also his or her family.

Hiring through a home care agency would allow the elderly individual to set a schedule for when a home care provider would be stopping by to assist them throughout the day. They might require assistance getting up in the morning and getting dressed. A home care aide could be there for two hours, for example, and then leave. Another home care aide could arrive in the afternoon to assist with preparing dinner, bathing or other hygiene issues, and even getting ready for bed in the evening.

That would allow the extended family to be able to spend more quality time with their loved one and it would make it much more comfortable for all, especially when personal hygiene may be one of the aspects of which the elderly individual requires care.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Wilton, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.

Jay Kiley
Jay Kiley

Jay Kiley has spent well over 30 years providing world class customer service to clients around the world. Whether it was during his career in banking as a senior officer with Fortune 500 companies or working with some of the wealthiest people in the world with the Superyacht Rigging Company he owned with his brother; customer service was and is first and foremost.

As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the  five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife ,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing firsthand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family. 

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