Home Care in Norwalk, CT
Having a home care arrangement can be a tremendous enhancement for your aging loved ones' ongoing care. An in home health care services provider can act as an extension of the care that you already give your seniors, offering the support, care, and assistance that your parents need when you are either not able to be in the home with them, need extra help during certain activities, or for when there are care tasks that you are not comfortable with or do not have the ability to fulfill properly. They are also a fantastic way to increase your parents' social interaction and give them companionship that boosts their mental and emotional health.
With all of the benefits that a home care provider can offer your parents, it is easy to become dependent on them and develop your entire care approach around your cooperative relationship with them. There will be times, however, when he or she may not be available and it is essential that you prepare yourself for those times so that you can still give your aging loved ones the care that they need and deserve.
One time of the year that you may find yourself without your home care provider available for her usual schedule is the holiday season. By planning well in advance, you can arrange for her in home health care services provider to be available for the most important events, give her the time that she wants with her own family, and make the plans to fill in the space in between so that you never feel like your seniors are without the necessary support and assistance.
Use these tips to help you plan ahead for holiday season care:
• Start with the basics. Be aware of any limitations and guidelines that the elder care agency has in terms of holidays and required time off for each care provider. This gives you a good foundation for building your plans and helps you to be more realistic with your expectations for her availability.
• Create a calendar. Print out a copy of the November and December calendar for you and one for the in home health care services provider. Sit down on your own time and write down all of the times when you would like to have the care provider with your seniors. Have her write on her own calendar the days that she would like to be off. Come together and compare the calendars so you can start coming to decisions, making compromises, and identifying those times when there will be a care gap.
• Contact the agency. Once you know the days that you will not have a care provider due to her own time off, get in touch with the elder care agency in your area to discuss hiring a supplemental or respite care provider to step in on those days that you still need a care provider but your usual provider will not be available. Do this as early as possible to ensure you have time to interview these providers before others schedule all of their time.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Norwalk, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.