Your Parents' Rights in Their Home Care Arrangement


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Your Parents' Rights in Their Home Care Arrangement

Homecare in Schaumburg, IL

Homecare in Schaumburg, ILStarting a home care arrangement for your elderly loved ones can be a wonderful way for you to enhance their quality of life. Introducing an in home health care services provider into your new or already-established care routine can fill gaps in the care you are able to provide, offer extra social interaction and companionship, or just give your parents something different to look forward to so that their minds stay stimulated and active. This type of care provider is a valuable asset to your care approach for your parents whether they need only moderate support and assistance a few hours each week or extensive care for most of the day, every day.

Regardless of the amount of care that your aging loved ones need on a regular basis, if you are considering starting a home care arrangement for them, or have recently hired an in home health care services provider, it is important to remember that your seniors have specific rights. Honoring these rights, and ensuring that the care provider you hire does as well, supports your parents' independence, autonomy, and ongoing quality of life.

Your parents' rights within their home care arrangement include:

• Respect. Every person, regardless of age, personality, ability, function, limitations, or other characteristics, deserves respect. This is at the core of all human interaction and should be the basis on which your parents' in home health care services provider builds her relationship with your parents. She should show the same level of personal respect to your parents whether they spend a few hours with them a week just running errands or give them extensive personal and physical care.

• Dignity. Some of the tasks and responsibilities within a home care arrangement are quite sensitive in nature. Depending on your parents' individual abilities and challenges, the care provider may be responsible for helping with such tasks as bathing, grooming, toileting, dressing, feeding, and mobility. These can create feelings of embarrassment and helplessness in your seniors, so it is critical that the care provider show sensitivity and perform all of her tasks with your parents' dignity in mind.

• Control. Just because your aging loved ones need some extra care and assistance to fulfill their daily needs does not mean that they should relinquish all control of their lives over to you or to their in home health care services provider. Regardless of limitations, your seniors still have the right to make as many of their own decisions as possible and maintain some level of control over their lives. Even if this just means choosing what color shirt to wear or what mug to drink their coffee out of, they are adults who have the right to live their own lives.

• Nurturing. While the primary purpose of most home care arrangements is to keep a senior comfortable, healthy, and safe, there should also be a focus on making that senior feel comforted, relevant, and important. This nurturing is shown through gentle, personalized care and pleasant, friendly interactions on all days of the care journey.

If you or an aging loved one are considering homecare in Schaumburg, IL, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Schaumburg at 630-984-2041.

Shelley Fisher
Shelley Fisher

Paul earned his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from James Madison University and his Masters degree in Business from New Hampshire College. His work history is anchored in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry, excelling in various roles of sales and marketing for companies such as Nestle, Frito-Lay, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. Most recently, Paul served as Vice President of Business Development for a Chicago-based business of forty wellness centers, treating over fifty thousand patients annually.

Shelley earned her Bachelor's degree from James Madison University and her Master's degree in Social Work from Boston College.  She is currently a Doctoral candidate in Social Work at George Williams College of Aurora University and, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), brings comprehensive knowledge and experience from the social service community to the business.  Throughout her 20-year career, Shelley has worked extensively with the judicial system, child protective services, hospitals, schools, and senior care facilities.

Most importantly, Paul and Shelley Fisher, married for 25 years, are the proud parents of two busy teen-agers and the fortunate adult children of energetic, aging parents.  Both are actively involved in the community and couldn't imagine living or raising their children anywhere but the Chicagoland area.

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