Home Care for Seniors—A Great Way to Start the New Year in Grand Rapids, MI

The new year represents a fresh start and new beginnings. It is a perfect opportunity for you to give your aging loved ones a new lease on life. You may have noticed, especially during the holiday season, the signs that your aging loved ones may need more help getting through the day-to-day activities of life. They may be struggling with mobility or cognitive issues, not able to keep up with housework or cooking anymore, or may simply need some assistance taking care of errands and other obligations. The new year is the perfect time for you to introduce the idea of home care into their lives.

If your loved ones place a lot of importance on their independence, yet still need help with certain physical or mental needs, home care may be the perfect solution. A home care companion is there to assist in a wide array of daily activities. She can be there for your loved ones as soon as they wake up in the morning, help them get out of bed, bathe and get dressed. From there they can continue their day with a healthy breakfast, running errands, and anything else that the senior would like to do. Throughout the day the home care companion is they are to provide assistance with mobility, preparing meals, doing light housekeeping and laundry, and providing medication reminders. All of these activities support a healthy and active senior.

If you are worried about your aging loved one’s reaction to your idea about home care, introduce it to them gradually. Discuss with them the issues that you have noticed, and tell them about the benefits of having a home care companion. These benefits range from maintaining their independence within their own home to being able to be a more active and energetic part of the community. Note that you are not available all the time to help them, and that you don’t want them to not be able to participate their favorite activities or do the things that they want to do simply because you are not around. A home care companion is the ideal option for seniors who are coping with some cognitive or medical issues but still want to remain in their own home. A higher quality of life for your loved one is a fantastic New Year’s resolution.

If you or someone you know needs help with home care in Grand Rapids, MI contact the caregivers at Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300  for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.
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