Posts for: October, 2017
Do you or a family member find it hard to prepare meals, get dressed or drive to doctor's appointments? A caregiver can help you or your relative maintain your independence despite your difficulties. Dr. Patrick Haydel of KSI Companion Care in Houma, LA, explains how you can benefit from the services of a caregiver.
What types of help do caregivers offer?
Caregivers aren't nurses and don't provide medical assistance. Instead, they help you or a loved one with basic daily tasks, such as dressing, bathing, grooming or using the bathroom. The services your caregiver performs will depend on your needs and preferences but may include:
- Providing transportation to medical appointments, shopping, church and visits to friends in the Houma area.
- Help with sitting or standing
- Grocery shopping, meal planning, and preparation
- Light cleaning (sweeping, vacuuming, washing dishes and laundry)
- Assistance with medications, such as opening medications and providing reminders
- Help with pet care
- Performing errands, such as picking up dry cleaning or prescriptions
In addition to helping clients with the tasks that they can no longer do, caregivers also provide much needed social interaction. Regular interaction also helps keep the mind sharper and may improve a relative's enjoyment of life.
Caregivers provide much-needed peace of mind if a family member has become forgetful. When a caregiver is on the job, you won't have to worry that your loved one will forget to eat, or neglect to take medications.
How are caregivers selected?
Background and reference checks are an important part of the screening process, but they aren't the only considerations. The ideal caregivers are not only capable but also compassionate, friendly and accommodating. KSI Companion Care carefully matches clients and caregivers, considering personalities, physical limitations and other needs. Care plans aren't cookie cutter but reflect the unique needs of each client. In addition to offering in-home care, we also provide caregivers for people who are in assisted living or nursing homes.
Could a caregiver help make life easier for your or a family member? Call KSI Companion Care in Houma, LA, at (985) 655-4444 for more information.