If your loved one is aging and you're staring to plan for their eventual needs, don't be overwhelmed. Choosing the best care for your senior parents can be a challenge. Keep one important question in mind, does your loved one need the kind of care provided by a nurse, or by a caregiver.
Most people never think about the differences between a nurse and a caregiver, but it's a difference that can be instrumental in getting your loved one the proper care.
Nurses are medical professionals. So if your loved one has serious health issues, a nurse is likely the person you need to have on hand. They tend to be less emotionally involved with their patients, though, and they also cost more. Nurses are usually in charge of monitoring any conditions, and vital signs, etc. They use their assessment skills to help the patient fight their illness and try to prevent it from coming back.
Caregivers, on the other hand, act more like companions for their clients. Caregivers have a personal touch, they develop closer ties with those in their care, and they help with day-to-day needs that a senior might not be able to do on their own any longer. Whether it's bathing, or grocery shopping, or even cooking their meals, a caregiver can help provide those things.
The professional you need for your loved one will depend on their needs, and unique situation. As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!