Many family caregivers spend a great deal of their time performing routine household tasks for their aging relatives. Most of those tasks don’t require any kind of special training. They are simply necessary activities to keep a household running and the older adult clean and fed. Though simple, these tasks can eat up a lot of time, leaving family caregivers with less time to take care of other responsibilities.
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, family caregivers spend their time in the following ways:
- 13 days per month are spent on running errands, making meals, doing laundry, cleaning the house, and other routine tasks.
- 6 days per month are spent helping with bathing, dressing, toileting, walking, and eating.
- 13 hours per month are spent on learning about medical conditions, arranging medical appointments, and managing finances.
That’s nearly 20 days out of each month spent on caregiving duties! Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that home care can assist with many of these tasks. Below are just a couple of the tasks you might be surprised that home care can do for your aging relative.
Cleaning the House
Most people think that if you want someone to clean your older family member’s house, you need to hire a housekeeper. But, when your loved one has home care, having a housekeeper isn’t necessary. While they watch over the older adult, a home care provider can perform light housekeeping duties, like dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, and more.
When seniors are unable to drive themselves, they have to rely on friends and family members to run errands. A home care provider can drive them to the places they need to go—the grocery store, post office, library, medical appointments, and more. They can also help with the errand by carrying heavy packages or keeping the senior company while they wait for an appointment.
Seniors with balance and mobility problems are often more prone to falling. As a result, they may spend a lot of time sitting in one place. Home care can help them to walk safely around the house and even go on outings.
Living alone and being unable to get out of the house as often as they might like can leave seniors feeling bored. Home care can help them to do fun activities. They can do crafts, play games, or read to the senior. They can also assist the senior to stay involved in hobbies by doing the things that make the hobby difficult, such as threading needles or reading patterns or instructions.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care in Pittsburgh, PA, talk to the caring staff at Superior Home Care today. Call us at 412.754.2600