By Sheriolyn Curry, Executive Director, Comfort Keepers
Today, there are many care options available to seniors and their families, including in-home care, varied levels of assisted living, skilled nursing, hospice, and more. Finding the level of care needed without paying for extra services you don’t need can be a difficult task. Comfort Keepers can provide any non-invasive care and includes an RN on staff to monitor clients.
My first experience with home health care came about suddenly in 1991 when the doctor recommended a family member in another state not live alone. It was decided I was the best person to take on this responsibility and within a couple of weeks, my mother was here. As a long-distance caregiver, I had been talking with her on the phone and was involved in some decision-making, but I had no idea the extent of her needs and health condition; so you can imagine my shock when she arrived with an oxygen tank, medications, and a long list of needs.
At first, I had no idea what I was getting myself into and knew nothing about care giving or senior services. I took it one day at a time and as a need presented itself, I did my best to find a solution. I was determined that I could do it all, balance work, Mom’s care, doctor appointments, etc. It didn’t take long before I realized I couldn’t do it alone and began looking for some help. I made phone calls, talked to health professionals, and looked into several home health options before I chose Comfort Keepers. I had many reasons for choosing them: their philosophy and mission statement lined up with my beliefs, and the way all the staff cared for clients as if they were their own family members.
Caring for my Mother is what led me to this career but it also taught me what a family goes through, the needs they may have, and how to find the right services their family member needs. I use my own experience through those difficulties to make sure another family does not have to experience it themselves. I’m connected with community services, spiritual care, and all aspects of the care team — a complete wrap-around service. I work with families and help them navigate through all the options and services they may need.
I have learned that the guilt and responsibility we carry to properly care for our loved one is not necessarily love but pent up emotions. Our loved ones need quality care and quality time with their family and friends when they are ill or facing an unknown fate. Comfort Keepers provide and fulfill these needs.
Because I was a caregiver, I offer the unique insight and understanding from all sides, the family’s expectation, the caregiver's skills, and a loved one’s dignity. I speak from experience when I say to potential clients that I understand the daily challenges of caring for a parent or loved one, while also caring for your own family, a job, and balancing it all. When you’re both family and caregiver you feel responsible to keep everyone happy, adding even more stress. It’s equally difficult for the family member needing care; they do not want to be a burden and are trying to maintain their dignity.
A Few Examples of Comfort Keeper’s Services
Homemaking and companionship care
- Meal preparation
- Incidental transportation
- Light housekeeping
- Medication reminders
- Grooming guidance
- Errands and a variety of other services
- Bathing and grooming
- Hygiene care
- Toileting and incontinence care
- Transferring and positioning
- Feeding and special diet
- Mobility assistance
- 24-hour emergency response systems
- Live-in services
- Alzheimer’s care
- End-of-life care
- Short- and long-term relief for family
- Around the clock care
- Assisted living care
In-home care for seniors and other adults is gaining in momentum as the preferred care solution. Who wouldn’t prefer to stay in the privacy of their own home, surrounded by cherished belongings and memories, and maintaining a level of independence? According to AARP, 89 percent of seniors say they would prefer to remain in their home indefinitely as they age.
Living well encompasses many aspects that can be enhanced by in-home care. These aspects include mental, physical, nutritional, and safety considerations. Through our Interactive Caregiving™ system of care, whether cooking, playing cards, working on puzzles, or looking at old photos, our special caregivers, called Comfort Keepers, interact with and engage seniors to help them maintain happy, independent lives.
”Comfort Keepers gave me peace of mind during my mother’s battle with breast cancer,” said Gina Bowser. “I was able to keep my mom at home in her final stages of life, fulfilling her final requests.” After her mother passed, Gina decided to work for Comfort Keepers saying, “I would like others to know the benefits of a qualified caregiver. People need to know that none of us are exempt from this type of care and should make plans to have this service in place when the time comes. It is vital to know how to keep a loved one safe while realizing they (the caregiver) is not alone.”
Our Comfort Keepers are carefully screened and trained to provide professional, compassionate care and have a zero tolerance policy for misconduct. Each care team is carefully selected to meet the needs and personality of the client. Many members of the staff have been with us for 5 to 10 years, and are truly like a second family.
Although caregiving is demanding, it’s also very rewarding. It takes a special person to give of themselves and recognize the reward and privilege it is to care for a person during this stage of their life. The Comfort Keeper’s staff is like a second family, we enjoy our work and share that joy and laughter with our clients.
Assisted living care
When the time comes where it is no longer safe for you or your loved one to live alone, The Solace Place, a residential care home, may be the answer for you. You can call it an assisted living facility, a care facility, or whatever you want, but we call it “home.” We are dedicated to giving our residents at The Solace Place the care, honor, and respect they deserve. We want this to be a home, a place to find solace, the place where your story begins."
At the end of the day, we provide peace… peace-of-mind solutions for senior care. Call us today. We welcome the opportunity to explore care options that meet your specific need and situation.
Comfort Keepers® offers flexibility, close companionship, and convenience for everyone involved. Serving Chandler, Sun Lakes, Gilbert, Tempe, Queen Creek, San Tan, Maricopa, Casa Grande, and Pinal County. Our main office is located at 335 N. Alma School Rd., Suite B, Chandler, AZ, 85224. Contact us via phone at 480-659-9201, fax at 480-650-9351; or email us at email@example.com, or visit us online at www.comfortkeepers.com. Locally owned and operated by Sheriolyn Curry, MDiv, CSA. Se habla Español.
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