Few people would question the need to make sure the person caring for their children understand their duties, have some training or experience, and actually want to be child care providers. However, fewer people consider the importance of elder care services until they are in the position of needing immediate care. Elder Care is often viewed as plopping senior citizens in a run-down “old folks’ home.” However, caring for the elderly involves more than medicating patients in hopes that they sleep the day away.
Elder Care Beaverton is available to meet the challenges and concerns that face families as they look for assistance for their aging relatives. Care coordinators sit down with families to assess their provider preferences, concerns, medical treatment requirements, and explain things step-by-step so that they are more at ease with their choices. Having an in-home caregiver means one-on-one attention. Seniors are treated with respect as individuals versus “the patients in Room XYZ” that must wait until an attendant can get to their rooms to check the name plates before addressing them.
Elder Care Beaverton screens providers to determine their qualifications, experience, training, and makes recommendations based on a family’s needs. For instance, a relative may live independently but reside in an area that does not provide much opportunity for social interaction or may need rides to various locations. He may need to be monitored by a nurse before or after a serious medical procedure. He may need help walking around, bathing, or performing some exercises that may be part of his recovery and physical therapy. Regardless of if a loved one is wheelchair bound and needs physical assistance or has Alzheimer’s and needs someone to listen to his stories repeatedly, each situation is unique and requires proper attention to match qualifications with the job needed. Care coordinators take care of the details for the family.
There is peace of mind in knowing the provider that is selected meets or exceeds minimum requirements, has the opportunity to participate in on-going training to improve his knowledge and skills, and understands the importance of communicating to keep the family well-informed about the health, progress, and activities of their relatives. At the end of the day, it takes the team of health care professionals and an involved family to make sure loved ones in their golden years receive services they need.
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