In today’s blog I would like to take a moment to give recognition to the many senior caregivers that are out there, taking on the daily tasks of caring for a loved one that can no longer entirely care for themselves. Whether you are caring for a spouse, a family member, a parent, a friend, or any loved one who needs assistance we know how hard it can be. You can often become held hostage by the situation, unable to leave your loved one alone or be extremely limited in your own situation of how to have time for yourself and others in your life. Many caregivers become depressed about their situation. Don’t let this happen to you.
GO Physical Therapy & Wellness offers many options to caregivers that can be extremely useful and help take a tremendous load off a full-time caregiver’s shoulders.
Every client is different and GO Physical Therapy realizes this. Some clients may need physical therapy techniques to help them gain a better quality of life; while others may need physical therapy to help strengthen their bodies or gain better control. No matter what the reason is for physical therapy, we can always come to the patient to their place of choice and often involve their caregiver in the therapy so that they too can work with the patient in between visits. The caregiver can also use this opportunity to step away from the patient and have time for themselves.
So how does GO PT help the caregiver?
- Caregivers can leave the house or go to a different area while we are there working with their loved one; however, it is important that they realize they must be back by the end of our time with the client – which can greatly limit the “alone” time the caretaker receives.
- We provide some socialization to the caretaker while our therapists are there working; although our first priority is the patient and getting the job done for them so our time for the caretaker is limited.
- By learning more about the health problems or issues we are there to help with, caregivers can have a better understanding of the situation & learn some techniques which can help make their life easier.
However, the amount of time that we are there may not be enough to really offer a reprieve for the 24/7 caretaker. That’s when site like A Place For Mom comes in handy.
A Place For Mom offers an array of services for finding help when dealing with caregiving. They offer everything from help finding assisted living housing to specialty care options for cases such as those dealing with Alzheimer’s and other debilitating diseases. They can work with you to find the perfect eldercare assistance for your situation and even assisting in elder care cost comparisons. Check their website out if you’re a caregiver that’s looking for answers to helping keep your own sanity while ensuring that your loved one is cared for the way they deserve to be. They offer many answers to your questions about how to provide care-giving without losing your own quality of life.
Dedicated To Your Health & Well-being (and safety),