One of the main reasons that seniors are resistant to discussing any form of senior care beyond the attention of their adult children is their belief of a variety of dangerous, prevalent myths that surround the senior care field. Many seniors have lingering perceptions of senior care that are based on beliefs and misconceptions from their youth and have a difficult time even considering entering such care, much less actually agreeing to it. Sitting down with your aging loved one and discussing the myths and fears that he might hold in regards to senior care can help you to ease these fears, dispel the myths and help your loved one embrace the idea of senior care services in his life.
Some of the most common myths that seniors hold in regards to elder care include:
It is often the perception that someone only becomes a home care companion for money and does not truly care about the seniors. Some even believe that if a person really cared about the seniors she would become a nurse in a hospital rather than a home care companion. This is absolutely not the case. Many of these professionals specifically choose this path because of the close relationships that they can form with their clients and the hands-on care that they provide.
Only Very Old, Very Sick People Need Senior Care
The face of being a senior has completely changed. Rather than only applying to extremely old or chronically ill people, senior care is now something that a much wider variety of people take advantage of in order to enjoy greater freedom and opportunities in their late adult years. Many people with home care companions only need basic help and utilize these services primarily for the companionship and help with daily activities of life.
A Family Caregiver is Plenty
Some seniors feel if they have adult children they should not need senior care because their children will provide all the care that they need. This simply is not true. Providing care for a senior is a difficult undertaking and many people are simply not capable of fulfilling the responsibilities while also addressing their own life needs. Professional elder care is about supplementing the care of family members and addressing needs with which the family is simply not comfortable fulfilling.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of senior care in River Oaks, TX contact the caregivers at At Your Side Home Care. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (832) 271-1600 for more information.
Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.
Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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