Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Home caregivers take nursing courses

My sister and I supervised our mother's care for 17 years, although she physically lived a few miles away in a certified group home.

But for some children of aging parents taking them into the home is a financial or emotional necessity.

In the Arizona Republic (Aug 8, 2013), Sonja Haller writes about younger people becoming certified nursing assistants or other forms of recognized professional to care for loved ones.

In Arizona, a fourth of residents will be over 60 by the year 2020.

Assisted living, much less nursing home care, costs more than $3,000 a month.

Home health aides who come into the home can run $3,800 a month.

So now some colleges offer home caregiver certifications. Family members learn to take vital signs, recognize diabetic and memory issues.

One said she had trouble calming her grandmother's agitation--she learned to refocus the woman's attention.

Others credit the training with their being able to communicate better with doctors.

But before you invest--think. Are you cut out for this? My sister and I have many pets--our mother hated animals. The constant repetitive conversations could get to us when we took her to the weekly hairdresser appts and had lunch with her each week. She got cranky. Also she never could stand cussing, but toward the end of her life, she cussed at us.

Her paid caregiver was not distressed--it wasn't her mother, she had never known Mom before all this happened.

If you are going to try it at home--know what you are getting into. Training would help.


Theodore Wong said...

"If you are going to try it at home--know what you are getting into. Training would help." - I agree. Aside from patience and understanding, we should be aware of the deteriorating health of our elderly. If you want to personally take care of your aging parents, you have to deal with the hypertension and memory loss. When you've undergone training, it'll be easier for you to give first aid in case of emergencies. At the same time, you'll have be more patient and understanding of their situation.

Star Lawrence said...

Thanks for your comments. Patience is an important quality, but it can wear thin at times. It can suddenly become all too much. But then, usually, the human spirit rallies.