Leviticus 19:32 - “‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.’”
There comes a time when those who suffer from chronic pain or an illness can no longer do some of their daily activities.
Vacuuming and cleaning the floor can cause pain in your neck or back and these chores go out the window.
Just standing in front of the sink washing dishes can bring pain to the neck and back and especially for those who’ve suffered a previous injury.
Doing laundry also becomes difficult to do with the lifting and bending that is needed to complete the task.
If the infirmed individual can no longer drive due to vision problems or difficulty turning their neck they need help.
Shopping for groceries becomes difficult.
You become more aware each time you attempt the tasks above that you need help. But asking for help can be hard to do especially if you’ve taken care of your needs without help in the past.
A visit to your physician confirms what you’ve known was coming and he says that it’s time to get some help.
So the search begins to find a caregiver to help you with daily tasks and taking you to doctor’s appointments.
How do you know who the right person is to help you? You’d like it to be a family member, but you know with their busy schedules and their own families to care for, it may not be possible for them to help you.
The next step is to find a caregiver. In some situations, the infirmed person may qualify for a free caregiver. Check with your local county office of Social Services.
Whether you qualify for free caregiver providers or need to hire one on your own, find some tips for selecting a caregiver in the article, “5 Important Tips for Selecting a Caregiver,” on claritycareadvocates.com, such as determining the type of care needed or the individual needing to be monitored more closely.
In addition to the tips in the article above, whether a caregiver is sent by a social services agency or from the private sector here are some questions to ask a potential caregiver during the interview process from the article, “How to Choose a Caregiver,” on insideeldercare.com.
Needing to find help to take care of yours or another individuals needs takes effort in order to find the right fit. God especially watches over those who are infirmed and their needs. Trust that he will be with you each step of the way when finding someone to help.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.