When my mom told me not long ago that she was having trouble with a few things at her home, I figured I would just pick up the slack and help out more. I was already visiting her a few times a week, so I figured stopping in every day after work wouldn’t be too hard. It was leaving me exhausted though, because I live 20 minutes from her. That was adding nearly 90 minutes to an already packed day. A friend suggested I look into senior home care in Nassau County because she could see how much it was affecting me.
I thought that her only options were to move into a nursing home or have me come to her every day. I didn’t want to put that burden on her neighbors or friends, but I didn’t even consider that there are agencies out there that have professionally trained staff to assist in cases like this. I was able to find one that works in my mom’s area, and I read everything I could on their website. I was very impressed with what I saw there, and I met with them to see if this was a viable option.
The main thing Mom needs help with is her medication and some personal care issues. She is still able to cook for herself and do most of her housecleaning, and I handle what she can’t with those things. Having someone come in daily to help her with medication though is a blessing that I am so grateful for. I know that she is not going to take the wrong med or the wrong amount now that she has someone helping her, and she is also getting the care that makes her feel better too. On top of all that, she really likes the people who come in to help her, and that alone is invaluable!