Home Care in Durham NC
You have generously offered your services as the primary family caregiver for you aging parent. Assisting with the daily tasks of living did not seem like anything out of the ordinary that you have not done before. You’re finding, however, that caring for an elderly parent offers unique challenges far different than caring for a child or spouse. In order to promote a feeling of confidence, consider taking a class on caring for your loved one. Many agencies provide classes, support groups and workshops for family caregivers.
- Family Caregiver Alliance / National Center on Caregiving provides online caregiver college YouTube videos. Popular uploads include topics such as bathing and dressing, transfer skills, toileting and incontinence, dental care, behavioral issues and nutrition.
- Video Caregiving from Tera Nora Films offers a visual education center for family caregivers. Some of the videos they offer include coping with Alzheimer’s. These provide information such as simplifying tasks for and communicating with your loved one. www.videocaregiving.org
- AARP offers videos for family caregivers providing complex family care. These videos offer training in changing catheters, giving injections, preparing special diets and managing complex medication routines.
- Eldercare locator provides recommendations for services such as meal plans and transportation in your area. www.eldercare.gov
- The National Council on Aging provides tools and tips for caregivers. If you’re a veteran, they offer a free online workshop dedicated to building better caregivers. www.ncoa.org
- Caregiver Training University classes offered in their online university include communication skills, personal care and toileting, adaptive equipment for transfers, basic hygiene, emergency procedures and stroke care.
- Senior Care Certifications 101. The American Red Cross offers a family caregiving program that covers home safety, assisting with personal care, healthy eating and suggestions for caring for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
- National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) offers certification for in-home elder care providers.
- Senior Community Centers offer a wide variety of programs and services including education.
- Support Groups—joining one of these is a great way of meeting people who can relate to what you’re going through and are hotbeds of information. There are also specific support groups relating to various diseases such as diabetes or cancer.
- Elder care providers offer support in a number of ways. They can assist your loved one with the daily activities of living as well as provide companionship. They can provide transportation and company for social outings. They can offer their assistance full time or part time, whatever you need in order to take the time you need to lead a balanced life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Durham, NC or the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at HomeChoice Home Care Services. Call today (919) 847-5622