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Taking Care of Mom is a Job, which is Why You Should Talk to Her about Professional Senior Home Services

Senior Care in Mesa AZ

If you have been considering taking care of your aging mother, realize that it is a job. Many family caregivers underestimate just how much work goes into providing assistance to their elderly loved ones. Whether it’s your mother, father, grandparent, or some other family member, it’s important to consider Senior Care in Mesa AZjust how much work goes into senior care.

Many family caregivers end up feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety when they begin providing this type of assistance to their loved ones. For those who don’t immediately consider it a job, let’s take a moment to discuss that aspect first.

Like a job, a family caregiver or any caregiver should show up when they are expected. Some jobs certainly move hours around for their employees (working the morning shift one day and then the evening shift the next, etc.), but consistency is essential for aging individuals. If a family member is showing up at 10 o’clock in the morning one day, then three in the afternoon the next, but there is no consistency in that schedule, it’s going to make it difficult for the senior to know when he or she can expect assistance.

Like a job, the elderly individual should be considered the boss. Unfortunately, it is often thought of in exactly the opposite way for many family members. A family caregiver may assume he or she knows what’s best or what the senior needs, and they don’t take into consideration their wants and wishes.

The elderly individual has every right to decide the course of their care, whether the family members agree with it or not. They are the boss in this relationship and should be treated with that level of respect.

What can senior home services offer that family members don’t?

Many family members want what’s best for their aging loved ones. There’s no doubt how much they care and love those seniors in their life. However, experienced senior home services can provide a great support system for the elderly client. They can also encourage the senior to become more active, get more involved in life, and do more.

That can lead to a higher quality of life for much longer. That should be what everyone is focused on: a higher quality of life.

An experienced senior care provider is one of the best ways to encourage the highest quality of life possible for any elderly individual.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior 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.