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Do You Need Help with Personal Care for Your Senior?

You and your senior might not have thought much about personal care tasks, but these can be situations that can be incredibly stressful for both of you. Tasks like bathing, brushing her teeth, and even getting dressed can all be tasks you may need to help her complete.

 

Caregiver in Berkeley CA: Help with Personal Care

Caregiver in Berkeley CA: Help with Personal Care

 

Determine How Comfortable You Are with Personal Care

Every caregiver and every senior has a different comfort level when it comes to personal care. You might not have any issues when it comes to helping your senior to change clothes, but helping her to bathe is a different story altogether. Or you might be okay with helping her to brush her hair, but brushing her teeth is uncomfortable. These are your personal boundaries. Your senior might have some boundaries around her personal care, too.

 

Your Senior’s Needs Are Going to Change

Your senior may be found doing quite a few of her own personal care tasks herself. She might only need a little bit of help every once in a while or under specific circumstances. As her health changes, such as when her mobility changes, she might require a different level of assistance. That’s something that you’re going to need to account for overtime.

 

Your Needs Are Going to Change

But it’s not just your senior’s needs that will change. Over time, you’re going to have different needs as well. Your health might change faster than you expect, which might leave you less able to stay on top of your senior’s personal care needs. This might mean that some of the things you’re able and willing to do for your senior now become tasks that are too difficult for you later.

 

You Won’t Always Be There

It’s also important to remember that you’re not always going to be there for your senior. You may have other obligations and needs that you have to take care of, and that might mean that you’re not there when your senior needs your help. Respite time is a vital part of your own self-care, too. All of that is important to remember when factoring in care decisions.

Personal care is indeed very personal and there may be times when you’re not able to do as much of those tasks for your senior as you want. Elder care providers can be the obvious answer in that situation. They can help to preserve your senior’s dignity while also allowing you to help when and where you’re able to do so.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Caregiver in Berkeley, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care.
Call today: (415) 795-2203

Evan Loevner, CEO

As a former hospital administrator, I launched Aviva with the goal of having a more focused, direct impact on the delivery of care than I could ever accomplish within a hospital setting. For me, the joy of running an organization like Aviva In-Home Care is having the ability to positively improve the lives of individuals needing customized care. As a passionate Bay Area resident, I know that many local seniors can benefit from new approaches to in-home care, that will bring them more connection to the community, and provide families with a greater sense of comfort that their loved one is indeed matched with an ideal caregiver. This starts by including the family throughout the care planning process, a key component of the concept of “family-centered care,” which has been adopted by top medical centers. A strong communication loop between family, the caregiver, Aviva management, and community healthcare practitioners is essential for ensuring that all the needs of the client are met. While this may not sound like a novel concept, it is not commonly practiced within the home care community.

At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.

As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.

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