01 Oct 2000 --- Comforting an elderly woman --- Image by © Tom & Dee Ann McCarthy/CORBIS

A story from the heart


A personal Story of choosing a Home Care: Many think it would be difficult to get their parents to accept the idea of in-home care. I even felt they would see it as unnecessary (“we can take care of ourselves”) and a financial burden (“I can’t afford that”). But it turned out to be very easy to get them seniors onboard with the idea, just read the amazing story successful through ssmaps.com.

Sarah’s mom,Diane, was a very special person in her life. I’ve never known a person who had more zest for life than she did. She was always up for socializing and enjoyed throwing impromptu parties.

Diane also was a pro-active community volunteer who didn’t believe in leaving important life details to chance. In one conversation we had while she was still in robust health, she told me she knew she would not be able to take care of herself forever, and she planned to hire various types of helpers as the need arose. Sarah told her she would be happy to help with whatever she might need in the future, but she professed a strong belief in not “burdening” her children or daughters-in-law with any kind of caregiving duties.

And so, in due course over the years, she first hired a crew to take care of the yard, and later a weekly house cleaner and ultimately an in home caregiver.

Naturally Sarah talked about Diane’s caregiving experience with my own parents, and from the stories I told they could see the benefit of hiring in-home care for themselves eventually. They still expressed reservations about the expense, but we were able to overcome that argument when they investigated assisted living and realized in-home care was far less expensive—with the added benefit of allowing them to stay in their own home.

Recently Sarah overheard Diane talking to her brother on the phone. Explaining her living situation to him, she said, “I have a CAREGiver coming in twice a week now. For me, it’s basically assisted living at home.” She used the phrase “assisted living at home” to me later that week, too. “Sarah knew she’d never be able to afford an assisted living facility,” but, she said, “ I feel my current arrangement is like assisted living at home. I mean, having a CAREGiver gives me the benefits of assisted living, but I don’t have to downsize. I can keep all my own furniture and books and DVDs. And it’s a fraction of the price of assisted living.”

I’m thankful her mom recognizes the value of home care because it relieves her of the stress of being solely responsible for her care. Many are thankful to Senior Service Maps for finding  such excellent CAREGivers for their parents, like Sarah and Diane mentioned above. Most of all, they’re thankful that it was so easy to find a caregiver option in the area through ssmaps.com.


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