Why You Should Consider Non-Relatives for Caregiving Support
A 2015 report from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP revealed 15% of seniors receive care from non-relatives. Ten percent get help from friends, 3% from neighbors and 2% from others outside their families.
Why are these individuals stepping into caregiver roles instead of family?
It’s not uncommon for family members to live too far away to provide daily care for aging relatives. Others are unable to take enough time away from their jobs and immediate family obligations to help with all aspects of care, and a growing number of seniors have no family at all to whom they can turn to for support.
A Helping Hand is Just Around the Corner
Friends, neighbors and other non-relatives can help your aging loved one when you cannot be there.
A non-relative caregiver can assist with:
- Basic personal care needs
- Household chores
- Food preparation
They can also assist with handling health concerns and can make decisions in emergency situations with your authorization.
To ensure ongoing support, advanced planning is essential. By starting discussions early with your loved one’s friends and neighbors everyone will be aware of the duration and type of care your loved one may need as he or she ages.
It’s also important to keep family members in the loop, as well, even if they can’t provide any help themselves.
If you’re experiencing challenges with finding help caring for your loved one, the caregiving coordinators at Caring Home Care can assist with making this life transition as smooth as possible. They will be able to refer you to a list of vetted and certified caregivers that you can interview to ensure your loved one is in good hands.
The professional caregivers you’ll meet through Caring Home Care can assist with:
- Fall prevention
- Meal planning and prep
- Escorting to and from appointments
- Taking blood pressure and temperature
- And so much more
Depending on the level of care your loved one needs, we can help match your family with a certified home health aide, a certified nursing assistant, or just a trained companion.
Learn more today and give us a call with any questions you may have. We’re here to help.