Often in life, the most meaningful moments are the moments spent with those who teach you something, with those who share laughs with you, and with those who support you no matter what. And within those moments, it’s the little things that become the most significant and valuable. As you age, it’s the little things that your caregiver does that can make a big difference.
When your caregiver helps out with household tasks, you have more energy for the things that mean the most to you in life. They offer to dust that corner you can’t reach because they know you feel unsteady on the stepping stool. They leave out your favourite mug, so you don’t have to reach and risk straining your bad shoulder. They offer to prep the veggies while you season and stir, because they know how much you love to cook. Having someone around to help out makes the challenges of aging feel a little more manageable.
When it’s time to leave the house, your caregiver is there to ensure you’ve got everything you need. They grab your favourite sweater on the way out the door, because they’ve checked the forecast and know you may get a chill. They tune in to your favourite radio station on the drive to your doctor’s appointment. They check the times for a matinee movie you mentioned you’d like to go see. They give you a ride to Sunday lunch at the club, and they’re outside waiting for you when you’re ready to go home.
You turn to your caregiver for an open ear, a shoulder to lean on, and a friendly face to laugh with. It makes a difference to have someone there to recount old memories with, someone who can help dust off your photo albums and hang family portraits just so. They care about making the little things special in your life, and it’s comforting to have someone looking out for you while you age at home.
Professional caregivers can be there for you, when you need a little extra hand around the house or someone to accompany you on your outings. “Caregivers provide a wide range of services”, says Jodi Marrin, Director of Marketing at Bayshore HealthCare. “They can assist with personal needs such as grooming, bathing and dressing, to help around the house, to grocery shopping and meal prep, to medication reminders and escorts to appointments.”
Support from a paid caregiver is one reason seniors can continue to live at home rather than move to a retirement residence or long-term care facility. Paid caregivers can also assist when family caregivers need a break or may live too far away to provide care regularly.
Caregivers can help with the day-to-day tasks so you have time to enjoy the little things in life, while remaining safe and independent in your own home.