Nedra Jack November 16, 2018

Looking after and caring for an elderly family member can be very rewarding but also very time consuming. Perhaps you live a distance from the family member you are a family carer to, or the task has become more difficult. Maybe there is a medical condition that goes beyond your area of expertise, or the day-to-day tasks of care you are providing has simply become outside your comfort level. Whatever the situation, you may find yourself in need of outside carer support.

A carer can provide home help through scheduled visits, depending on the level of care required, working part time, full time, or offer live-in care, meaning they will live at the residence of the person in need of care. Online directories, such as TrustedCare is an excellent way to find care providers in your area.

Private carers are responsible, professional companions for the elderly or those with limited mobility. Trained and experienced, most private carers are qualified as nurses or certified by an agency, though some choose to be private contractors.

Some of the duties that these carers provide are:

  • Activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, feeding, medication support, and dressing.
  • Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), which include shopping, scheduling medical appointments, planning meals, and transportation.
  • Carers are wonderful companions for people who need basic medical supervision but do not want to leave their homes.

One factor to consider is that you become the employer of the carer, which alters your tax information. Some live-in care agencies take care of this for you, but it is always a good idea to research how this service will impact your financial situation. However, they are also more inexpensive as opposed to nursing homes or residential settings. Based on the area of the country where you live and the type of services you seek, pay rates will be different.

Medical conditions, such as falling down, depression, or more serious illness, can change the requirements of the carer. An elderly person tends to be more reliant on outside help to accomplish daily tasks as it applies to household chores, cooking, and shopping.

They may also need assistance with daily hygiene and bodily functions. In some cases, they may have limited ability to move around, and could need help with tasks such as going to the bathroom.

Someone looking for an Elderly Carer may find this to be an acceptable, and more economical alternative to visiting nurses, assisted living, continued care, care homes or Home Health Aids.

Studies have shown though, that this is an especially taxing situation for the carer, given the responsibility the carer has to provide, and there is always a “burnout” factor. Some agencies will offer 2 carers on rotation to stop this from happening and live in carers can request a break from caring to avoid this situation.