Healthcare might not be what it was once, and it may never be the same. Healthcare continues to evolve. The corona virus pandemic swept the globe in 2020 and marked several changes within the healthcare landscape. One said change that has come to light is the private caregiver hired by families to care for a loved one within their own home.
In-home care is often utilized by families who need assistance caring for a loved one. Families may need assistance or companionship due to physical functioning concerns or because a diagnosis of degenerative diseases such as dementia or Parkinson’s disease.
Previously in-home care was provided with little to no setbacks or limitations. Families were able to hire a caregiver to come in for as little as one hour in the morning, and one hour in one while the family was occupied. Say goodbye to that!
Many agencies today are placing minimums on the hours of care and companionship provided due in large part to the shortage of workforce. Those shortages mean agencies can either staff a two-hour shift or an eight hour shift. The decision isn’t necessarily in the hands of the agency itself, rather the caregiver. Many caregivers wish to take on the eight-hour shift versus four various two hour shifts to accumulate the same amount of hours. This leaves many families without much of an option, either hire someone for eight hours when only two are needed or allow for said conditions to digress to the point of eight hours being justified.
Agencies are unable to staff the short shifts, in which companionship is the true need. Perhaps spouses or family members need an hour here and there to run errands or continue with their favorite hobbies such as bridge, or lunch with friends. In the past, families turned to private duty care organizations to help. However due to many of the minimums being placed at 4 hours per day or 20 hours per week, the amount of care provided is often overkill.
Today, families are turning to us at LiveWell Health to help fill their needs. Although exercise was not necessarily top of mind for their loved one, there was a consensus that exercise is surely an added benefit.
If a family needs assistance with tasks such as light housekeeping, bathing, and dressing traditional home care is the right option. However, for those looking for an alternative form of companion care, LiveWell Health may be right for you.
As mentioned, at LiveWell Health we offer concierge-based exercise sessions within the comfort of one’s home. We specialize in providing service to those over the age of 65 along with those who have been diagnosed with a chronic condition. Each session is 45-minutes in length and occurs on a recurring basis with the same dedicated Wellness Specialist. Throughout the session, a LiveWell Wellness Specialist leads the individual through various exercises that will benefit their overall physical functioning while also creating a relationship as more time is spent together. Not only does the family and individual receive the needed companionship but various health benefits are also gained through exercise.
Ask yourself if you relate to the scenarios below…
“It would really benefit me if I knew I could get out of the house for just an hour at a time a few days a week to get my errands complete”
“I don’t play golf anymore, but I still enjoy going to the driving range. I haven’t been since George got sick because I can’t leave him alone”
“I feel like I haven’t seen my friends in forever, if only I could make it to our weekly lunches”
Imagine if you had a dedicated Wellness Specialist that comes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:00 a.m. During that time, your loved one has a companion at their side while also receiving supervised exercise with the goal of improving physical functioning. Over time, your loved one begins to trust their Wellness Specialist, it allows for you to plan some of your favorite hobbies outside of the house during each session.
Traditional options may not always be the best fit. If you’re looking for an alternative form of service that benefits the entire family, LiveWell Health might be perfect for you. Give us a call today to schedule a complimentary consultation!