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Independence -- A Basic Human Need for Seniors in Allegheny County

February 13, 2019

Remember the thrill of being tossed the car keys when you were a teenager? Ahhh... independence. Now imagine what it must be like to hand over the keys for the last time when you are told you can no longer drive. The loss of independence for Pittsburgh senior citizens can be devastating and can lead to depression that often results in a rapid deterioration in health and cognitive abilities.

 

And no one wants to rely on others to care for their basic needs. Not only is there a loss of dignity involved, but there is a genuine desire to not burden others. Mom doesn't want you to add her doctor appointments to your busy schedule. Dad doesn't want to admit that he just can't manage meals by himself anymore.

 

With in-home care, seniors can safely maintain more of their independence without having to rely so heavily on family members. As your loved ones slowly lose some of their physical and/or cognitive abilities, professional care at home can help maintain their dignity and independence.

 

When searching for the right in-home care company, ask the following questions:

 

1) What kind of training do your caregivers receive and how often? Are they certified?

2) Do you do state or federal background checks before hiring?

3) What kind of experience do your caregivers have?

4) Can you provide referrals from previous or current clients?

5) Are your caregivers screened for TB? How often?

6) Can you provide a copy of your license?

7) Do you develop care plans specific to the needs of each client?

8) What if a client doesn't get along with the caregiver you send?

 

You want to work with a company that has certified caregivers who offer personalized client-led care and encourage as much independence as possible. Caregivers should be there to assist, not control, their clients and the company you choose should offer clients the freedom to develop a care plan specifically tailored to their individual needs.

 

Independence. It's a basic need everyone has. Non-medical in-home care companies, like Dignity Home Care Professionals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are there to help meet that need. 

 

Parts of this article by Hana Haatainen-Caye appeared in the February 2019 edition of Northern Connection Magazine.

 

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