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Home Support and the Fear of Judgement

When it comes to accepting help for seniors there are many obstacles to overcome. These are not limited to which home care provider to select, what type of elderly care to look for or figuring out how to pay for all of this. The biggest challenge starts before all of this. To accept you need a little bit of help is the single most difficult step in the process of getting the help you need. Letting go of something you were in control of for most of your life, your independence, is tough.

“Letting go of something you were in control of most of your life is tough”

” …people will judge me as weak or incapable of living on my own.”

Recently I spoke with a client about this very subject. Mary (not her real name) explained that she realized she needed help for some time. She did not want to give in to accepting the fact that her age and mobility were limiting factors to herability to live a fulfilling life. Mary has been living on her own for most of her life. She explained that she’s always been very independent. Some recent health issues made it more difficult for her to keep up with the daily chores around the house.

Dishes started to pile up in the kitchen. Cleaning the bathroom was simply something she did not have the energy for. Changing bed linen and laundry seemed to be insurmountable tasks.

Yet reaching out to get a little bit of help was not something Mary was ready to accept. I asked Mary if she could elaborate on why she did not act sooner. Mary explained that by accepting help people will judge me as weak or incapable of living on my own. Her answer was surprising at first. Thinking this over driving back home I came to realization that Mary’s perspective is really no different than mine or most of the people I know. Our independence is valued; our independence is part of our identity in this world.

When people’s independence is in weakened, society may label them as weak, or needy people will do anything in their power to show (or act) like they’re in control. Even if this means people live an out of control life where things don’t add up anymore. More and more dishes in the kitchen sink only make the problem worse.

Though we cannot change Society, my hope is that whoever reads this article looks (or will look) at the issue from a different angle. The Elderly in our Society need and deserve respect. They paid the prize, they worked hard for the country we live in today. We should not look at our seniors as helpless needy and weak people. Instead we should look at them as wise, weathered by experience and knowledgeable people who deserve a little bit of help from time to time when they need it.

“you’re in control of your independence”

” …you need to live your life the way you know best even if it means with a little bit of help…”

For those of you contemplating the need for a ‘little bit of help’ know that we respect you for reaching out and receive some help now you need it. Don’t feel judged, instead the very act of reaching out for help shows you’re in control of your life, you’re in control of your independence. Accept the help you need to live your life the way you know best even if it means with a little bit of help, Why not?

 

Where did I put my keys? 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

We take our memory for granted, until it starts failing us.  There may be different reason for memory loss. One common reason for memory loss in older people is Alzheimer’s. Memory loss affects your quality of life and that of the people around you, recognize the warning signs early.

“Early detection allows for early treatment or relief .”

“Maintain Your Independence”

10 Warning Signs for Alzheimer's
10 Warning Signs for Alzheimer's
  1.  Early detection allows for early treatment or relief enabling you to Maintain Your Independence
  2.  Problems Solving – Finding it more difficult to do simple additions/subtractions.
  3.  Routine Tasks – Completing once routine [simple] tasks is becoming more and more difficult.
  4.  Time – Space – Forgetting what day it is or where they needed to be for an appointment.
  5.  Visual – Space – Difficulties judging distances, or interpreting mirror images.
  6.  Conversation – Problems carrying a conversation, calling things by the wrong name.
  7.  Misplacing – Forgetting where the keys are, or placing things in unusual places.
  8.  Judgement – Making decisions gets more difficult, or poor judgement dealing with money.
  9.  Social – Withdrawing more and more socially, disinterest in hobbies or daily events.
  10.  Personality – Confusion, depression and anxiety may increase as a result of Alzheimer’s.

When you detect some these warning signs don’t wait or ignore them, contact your doctor and seek help. Early detection allows for early treatment or relief enabling you to Maintain Your Independence.
This article is based on an article written by the Alzheimer’s Association and serves as an introduction to recognize possible symptoms of the disease. To read up more on Alzheimer’s please visit www.alz.org

 

5 Reasons Why Home Care is Better

Many elderly people prefer to stay at their home as long as possible, and why wouldn’t they? Home Care or Support is a logical option to consider when normal day to day tasks are getting a little more difficult to complete. Wouldn’t you want to stay in the comfort of you own home when you could? Home is a safe place, full of life’s memories and comfort.

“Home Care is a Logical option to consider.”

“Why do people prefer home care over other options like assisted living?”

Home Care is Better 5 Reasons Why | Home Care, Elderly Support in Langley, Surrey White Rock and Abbotsford
Home Care is Better 5 Reasons Why

No doubt many people can be happy living in assisted living facilities and for many these are better choices. For other people leaving the home they love can be disruptive and depressing.

Home Care is available in in wide variety of offerings, from full medical home care, to non-medical support in and around the house or companionship.

Why would people prefer home care over other options like assisted living or a nursing home? Here are 5 Reasons Why Home Care is Better

  •  INDEPENDENCE

The single most important driver is the sense of independence. Receiving care/support in your own home, without having to give up the place you love just makes sense.

  • PEOPLE

The people in your life, family and friends can come when they want to, no restricted visiting hours nursing home apply. Your home is a place where family and friends can be together, whenever they want to.

  • COMFORT

Just like you, most people simply enjoy the comfort of knowing where you are rather than being in a place you feel unfamiliar. Your pictures, kitchen, bathroom, living room, phone, computer or television; everything is there right where you put it. Studies has proven that this comfort can be effective when suffering from emotional hurt.

  • COST

In many cases Home Care is much more affordable than you think. Depending ont the level of support you need, home care usually is more affordable than nursing homes or other institutions.

  • RECOVERY

Research shows that recovery can be faster at home than in the hospital.

 

Home Care is about Caring

Stating the obvious? Home Care is about Caring and not as much about the services a company provides to its elderly and aging clients. Caring is based on the principle that people are seen as people. Caring is about seeing the person behind the client. Caring is looking at a person as a person with dignity, feelings, needs and fears. Caring is about providing hope, able to listen, carry a conversation and help in meaningful ways. Caring is about relating to people for what they are…. People.

“Caring is about relating to people for what they are…. People.”

“Caring is about providing hope.”

Our employees are selected on the ability to show compassionate care. Seasoned by life experience, enabling them to relate to our clients more easily. B Cared For is about providing care for those who need some help when it is needed. We’ll work to earn your trust to become your go-to point of contact when you are in need of a little help.