Homecare services are not one-size-fits-all; they are as unique and individualized as the wide range of clients we serve. Because home caregivers help people in so many different ways, there are a lot of misconceptions about exactly what home caregivers can do for individuals and their families. Keep reading to learn 4 common myths about homecare and let us show you how homecare services can benefit your entire family.
Myth#1: Homecare services are only for people who live in private residences
It's true that a common reason for families seeking homecare services is to help an aging loved one stay in their home as long as possible. However, caregivers support individuals wherever they call home, whether that is a private house or apartment, or perhaps a retirement home or long-term care facility. Caregivers also visit patients in hospitals and rehab facilities when family members can't be there due to work or other commitments. Anywhere that an individual needs some extra support, a home caregiver can be there to provide the assistance they need.
Myth #2: Only seniors need home caregivers
Just because seniors are more frequent homecare clients doesn't mean that they are the only ones! Caregivers can be there for anybody looking for support, such as new mothers, veterans, individuals recovering from surgery or illness, those receiving treatment for cancer, or individuals with a disability or chronic disease such as Parkinson's or Multiple Sclerosis. Some people require homecare for years, while others may only need it on a temporary basis. Regardless of the circumstances, ActivePro caregivers provide individuals of all age groups with the care they need.
Myth #3: Caregivers only do personal care like dressing and bathing
Caregivers perform a wide range of activities based on the unique needs of the client and their family. Dressing and bathing are two common tasks, but caregivers can do so much more to support their client's lifestyle. A home caregiver can give medication reminders, provide companionship, prepare meals and accompany them to appointments or outings in the community. Caregivers can even help around the house by doing some light housekeeping and laundry. Homecare services go beyond personal care to a wide range of tasks that best help a client's individual needs and lifestyle.
Myth #4: Homecare only helps the client
While home caregivers may work directly with their client, homecare can be a valuable service for their loved ones too. Being a caregiver for an aging parent or individual with healthcare needs can be a challenge, as it can take significant time and be a drain on your emotions. This can be especially challenging for adult children of aging parents who have their own children to care for. Hiring a professional caregiver for your loved one benefits the whole family, whether giving you the few hours of respite care you need to take time for yourself, the ability to sleep through the night without having to worry about a nighttime bathroom visit or fall, and provide peace of mind that your loved one is safe and cared for when you cannot be there. Caregiver burnout is a reality for many family members, but homecare can help prevent this by taking care of your loved one while you take care of yourself.