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Dad Needs Care at Home and You Want to Know What’s Most Important? Think about the Golden Rule

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Recently you might have realized that your aging father was having difficulty taking care of himself at home. Maybe Home Care in Mesa AZhe had been caring for your mother during the final months or years of her life, ever since she had suffered from a stroke. Your concerns may immediately be for his safety and well-being at home.

The vast majority of family members who worry about elderly loved ones focus on safety as their primary concern. As a result, they may have a tendency to discourage their loved one from taking part in various activities, pursuing certain interests, or doing things that might be considered ‘unsafe.’  Before stepping up to take care of him or figuring out what he should avoid or things he should do, think about the Golden Rule.

The Golden Rule simply states, “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” It basically means that a person should treat others as they would want to be treated. Working off that simple rule, think about how you would feel if you were in the same situation. After all, one day you very well might be.

Would you want your adult child or other family members telling you to avoid things you enjoy doing? Would you like having people essentially make decisions that are important in your life for you?

Most people would wholeheartedly agree that they would want to make their own choices with regard to care and things they get to do. Knowing that now, do you think it’s any different for your father at this point in time? Yes, you are likely concerned about his well-being and safety, but just because somebody may be struggling to get around the house safely, needs assistance getting dressed in the morning or taking a shower, requires help getting the laundry into the basement and back up, that doesn’t mean they have to be confined to their house and give up all of the activities that mean the world to them.

When you recognize the need for assistance with your aging father, be sure to sit down and talk to him about various care options. Also take the time to listen to what he has to say. Just because you may shake your head and think getting out and going to the park for a walk is a bad idea doesn’t mean it is. Also, just because you believe that taking care of him yourself is the best decision, he may be more comfortable with a professional in-home care provider who has more experience.

Golden Rule Week is April 1 through the 7th. Think about the Golden Rule when it comes to home care for your aging father.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care services in Mesa, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 351-4473. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.