“As a full time owner/operator of a company that provides non-medical in-home help for seniors, I routinely ask potential clients and family members what is most important to them when choosing in-home help. The answers might surprise you,” said Mike Alexander owner of Seniors Helping Seniors Fort Bend. When choosing in-home help the seniors priorities are sometimes different than the priorities of some family members, Alexander added.
These are the common answers from seniors and their families:
• I want to get some help, not have someone take over and “care ” for me.
• I want someone compatible, someone who can relate to me, my life, my abilities, and my limitations.
• I want someone with whom I can communicate easily.
In-home help is a very personal service. Each of us would want help to come from someone compatible, understanding, and compassionate. An in-home helper who shares some of the same experiences and perspectives on life can become a true companion and friend.The senior wants the helper to meet their physical, housekeeping, and transportation needs and also meet some of the emotional and psychological needs – to be able to listen well, and to share some of the joys and challenges of life.
For many seniors, verbal communication is very important. Someone with visual, hearing and /or cognitive limitations can become frustrated and isolated trying to communicate with someone who doesn’t have a grasp of the senior’s primary language or who has a thick accent. Most families want their senior to be able to communicate easily with their helpers.
When choosing in-home help for yourself or for a senior in your family, identifying what is most important to the senior is crucial to making the best decision. Seniors want helpers who respect and support the senior’s abilities, are compatible and with whom they can communicate easily.
For more information on finding the right in -home help for yourself or a senior, please contact Mike Alexander at 281-797-3511. Seniors Helping Seniors of Fort Bend. Check out the web site at Seniorshelpingseniors.com.