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 My daughter ia a caregiver (sometimes called a home health worker) and she often goes to a persons' house and they don't know anything about caregivers so I thought that you might be interested
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WHAT CAREGIVERS DO FOR YOU

posted at 3/7/2013 2:17 AM EST
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 My daughter ia a caregiver (sometimes called a home health worker) and she often goes to a persons' house and they don't know anything about caregivers so I thought that you might be interested in knowing what they do for you. I have met some people that don't know either and are very curious. A caregiver comes to your house on any schedule you choose and does dishes, mop, vacuum, dust, clean the bathroom, do laundry if at your house or will take them to a laundromat to do them, takes you shopping or goes for you with a list and anything along those lines. They will also take you to doctor appointments. Any personal care will be taken care of such as shower to brushing your teeth. They know CPR and first aid. They will also take care of your mate at times with the ok from the company she works with.I say "her" as most workers are women. They don't do outside work unless it has to do with your care or if it has to do with your safety.They'll even do things for you like help you to get out your Christmas cards. Most often asked for is cooking. The pay is minimum wage. The nice ones like my daughter will often take the "scenic" way home from the doctor or the grocery store and thereby give you a little time more from the house for a short bit but they aren't allowed to just take you for a ride. The good qualities to look for in a caregiver are someone with patience, fun-hearted and a take-charge person so you will feel like you can let them help you. People are often reluctint to have help in but it helps you to stay in your own house for a bit more before you might have to go to a care facility. I would be so sad to not be able to live in my own home and see all my favorite junk! I Hope this is helpful to Nikki and whoever else wants to know. I do belive I talked your ear off! Of course, there's people you can't trust so be watchful but there are some people that really like what they do for a job.  SmileSometimes there's a friendship that developes and she has remained friends with them after they go to a facilety.

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posted at 3/7/2013 7:10 AM EST
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God Bless those dedicated and "caring" caregivers. Living in an area where there are many elderly retirees we know the blessings of those wonderful people.

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posted at 3/8/2013 10:10 AM EST
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vicki,
i really admire what your daughter does      because she doesn't have an easy job     sometimes people are really hard to deal with
my oldest sister   an r.n. and now director of nursing at a small nursing home     put in many hours with several home health agencies,,,,,   as director of nursing services   at the   very first  assisted living center in texas
pine tree lodge   in pasadena, tx through it's development and opening and expansion
she's always had the drive and caring compassion for that type of work
i've been exposed to a lot of different care levels through her
and my youngest sister spent her last few weeks and died in a hospice, after her assisted living required her to have a feeding tube, which she did not want
and those people are all very special types, caring to the families as well. i don't know where they find them

i have several relatives who have been caregivers

however, in TEXAS  they have cut medicaid services severely   and  only people w/ medicaid can get this service or who have private insurance that will cover it or simply pay for it themselves

and as you warn, there are a lot of crooks in this business  so you must be carefully aware when you choose and family members need to keep a close wach to make sure things are right

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posted at 3/8/2013 2:38 PM EST
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Thanks for the info

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posted at 3/8/2013 4:32 PM EST
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Vicki, there must be a special place in heaven for Caregiver's as well as the wonderful volunteers that I have relied upon to watch my husband this past 1 1/2 year.
It truly is a tough job.  
But it is only with help that I have been able to retain my sanity, and that may be in question at times.  My goal is and has been from the start to keep him home as long as possible, until I can no longer give him the care that he needs and deserves.  It is with help that I/ we can do this.
Please give your daughter a hug for me. 


I have also decided that I just might look into either volunteering or becoming a caregiver when I can no longer keep my husband at home.  I know what it is like and I would like to help someone else keep their loved one at home.  

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posted at 3/8/2013 8:06 PM EST
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Vicki, there must be a special place in heaven for Caregiver's as well as the wonderful volunteers that I have relied upon to watch my husband this past 1 1/2 year. It truly is a tough job.   But it is only with help that I have been able to retain my sanity, and that may be in question at times.  My goal is and has been from the start to keep him home as long as possible, until I can no longer give him the care that he needs and deserves.  It is with help that I/ we can do this. Please give your daughter a hug for me.  I have also decided that I just might look into either volunteering or becoming a caregiver when I can no longer keep my husband at home.  I know what it is like and I would like to help someone else keep their loved one at home.  
Posted by nikki p


 Nikki, my daughter said to tell you that hospice takes volunteers. She also said that it might be too hard for you emotionally. I know I could never do what you and my daughter do. I'd be crying all the time.

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posted at 3/8/2013 11:24 PM EST
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In Response to Re: WHAT CAREGIVERS DO FOR YOU :  Nikki, my daughter said to tell you that hospice takes volunteers. She also said that it might be too hard for you emotionally. I know I could never do what you and my daughter do. I'd be crying all the time.
Posted by vicki s

I know that I will have to wait a while before I do anything like this but I know what it is like and I would love to give someone else a break like I have been.
It would make it all the easier knowing that it is not a 24/7 time commitment and that after a few hours I can go home. But to be able to give someone a few hours to get their hair done, nails done, go shopping or see a movie that time is priceless. 

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posted at 3/9/2013 8:06 AM EST
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I was my mom's sole caregiver for twelve years so I know what that is all about.It can be difficul and tryingt at times.I also did wound care on her for over a year for a bed sore she developed on her tail bone and heel while in the hospital and rehab for eight months.I worked as a nursing assistant for many years and all my experience definitely paid off She was total care the last year of her life.Vicki thank God for people like your daughter who are care givers.They are a persons right hand in many cases.Having an honest dependable person to come into your home is so very important.God bless her good work.

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posted at 3/9/2013 8:22 AM EST
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God bless my son he is now my caregiver and sometimes I'm difficult lol..I take care of all of my personal things like bathing.He takes me shopping,to all my many dr's appointments,does my laundry,house cleaning, some of my banking,bill paying,,assists with meal preparation etc.He is in nursing school besides working and putting up with me.I thank God for both of my son's everyday. 

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posted at 3/9/2013 11:09 AM EST
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 My daughter says thank you for all your kind words. I'm proud of her and love her so much! Smile

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posted at 3/9/2013 2:38 PM EST
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That sounds like a lot of the things that I do for my inlaws.  I have a lot of respect for those caregivers that do this all time.
It is very hard work!

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posted at 3/9/2013 3:19 PM EST
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God bless my son he is now my caregiver and sometimes I'm difficult lol..I take care of all of my personal things like bathing.He takes me shopping,to all my many dr's appointments,does my laundry,house cleaning, some of my banking,bill paying,,assists with meal preparation etc.He is in nursing school besides working and putting up with me.I thank God for both of my son's everyday. 
Posted by gale g

Gale, I am sure that he learned his caring ways from watching what you did.  
Some of it is because you are Mom but if you had not done for your parents he probably would not feel the obligation that he does. 

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posted at 3/9/2013 10:26 PM EST
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Vicki:  Thank God for people like your daughter.  My husband's sister is paraplegic  Has been since 1986. She is paralyzed from the waiste down.  We used to do a lot more for her before my husband developed MS and I started having all the AFib problems.  She has a live in withher 24 hours a day.  All of the holidays, I send food down to her, her aide, the woman who lives upstairs from her.  If I make something special like home made manicotti, etc. I send them some.  My sister in law is not an easy person to take care of  I give these women a lot of credit.  They are angels in disguise.  God bless them, especially your daughter and the ones who take care of my sister in law.

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posted at 3/9/2013 11:07 PM EST
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In Response to Re: WHAT CAREGIVERS DO FOR YOU : Gale, I am sure that he learned his caring ways from watching what you did.   Some of it is because you are Mom but if you had not done for your parents he probably would not feel the obligation that he does. 
Posted by nikki p


I don't know if it was me, we do have a lot of nurses in the family,my sister in law is a Physical Therapist,my hubby was a Para Medic and a Dialysis Tech and he started out as an orderly in Physical Therapy.I worked as a Nursing Assistant and a Secretary in ICCU,CCU.We kind of steered him in this direction because it's a great job and the need is great for nurses and will be growing as the baby boomers retire.He wants to work in the emergency room.

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posted at 3/10/2013 9:21 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: WHAT CAREGIVERS DO FOR YOU:
In Response to Re: WHAT CAREGIVERS DO FOR YOU : I don't know if it was me, we do have a lot of nurses in the family,my sister in law is a Physical Therapist,my hubby was a Para Medic and a Dialysis Tech and he started out as an orderly in Physical Therapy.I worked as a Nursing Assistant and a Secretary in ICCU,CCU.We kind of steered him in this direction because it's a great job and the need is great for nurses and will be growing as the baby boomers retire.He wants to work in the emergency room.
Posted by gale g

All very stressful jobs.  Not just dealing with patients that are stressed but family members that do not understand that in order to assess someone pain medication can not be given right away, in PT getting past that "I can't do it" attitude or any of the 1000+ things that happen in a blink of an eye.
Bless his heart and all that do this work.  Also great job security always a job for a good nurse, physical therapist. 

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posted at 3/10/2013 9:52 AM EDT
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oh gale
my sister worked in the e.r. as long as she could   over 30 yrs   on the 12 hr night shift      and loved it, she was also very good at that kind of care  but the legs and feet don't last forever       at that pace     or at 73 she would still be there         she then went to home care  and enjoyed that until  her trusted friend she was working for got greedy      she left and the friend went to jail for  medicare fraud    (a lot of that going on in tx)      and then realized she needed to be in a position w/ no travelling 

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posted at 3/11/2013 1:41 PM EDT
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oh gale my sister worked in the e.r. as long as she could   over 30 yrs   on the 12 hr night shift      and loved it, she was also very good at that kind of care  but the legs and feet don't last forever       at that pace     or at 73 she would still be there         she then went to home care  and enjoyed that until  her trusted friend she was working for got greedy      she left and the friend went to jail for  medicare fraud    (a lot of that going on in tx)      and then realized she needed to be in a position w/ no travelling 
Posted by nellie v


Hi Nellie,God bless your sister for all her years of service.Nursing is hard on the legs that's for sure.Unfortunately health care has turned in a very profitable industry and along with that comes greed and fraud.I knew nurses that were stealing and abusing drugs.My son had to go through a background check in order to get into the nursing program.I had never heard of that before but times are changing.

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