How Important is it to Have Caregiver Support in Grand Rapids, MI?

Caregivers in Grand Rapids, MIJoanne was caring for her father for about three months when she drove home one evening and just felt overwhelmed. She didn’t know whether she was doing the right thing and her father was becoming angrier, it seemed, every day. She didn’t have anyone to talk to about the needs that he had and she had no prior experience in being a caregiver for anyone.

That one night, as she drove home, she broke down and cried. She wanted somewhere to turn, somewhere to get some kind of support, but she didn’t know where to even look. All she knew was that her father’s condition and his ornery behavior, along with so many other responsibilities that she had in life, were beginning to wear her down and she didn’t know what to do anymore.

By the time that she crawled into bed that night, well after midnight, she looked at the clock and knew that the alarm would be going off in short order. She decided that she would set it for thirty minutes earlier than she normally would, and this would allow her to look up any kind of information that she could find about caregiver support.

When she woke up, though she wanted to grab those extra few minutes of sleep, she went on the computer and started researching everything she could about being a family member who was providing home care to a loved one. One of the first things that she came across was an article about getting the right level of support.

She didn’t realize that there were thousands of people across the country who were going through the same emotions, trials and tribulations, and having the same challenges that she was facing. In all of those posts that she read, there was one common theme: support is essential.

Since she didn’t have any family members to talk to or lean on, as an only child, and she didn’t have many good friends to confide in, she felt isolated and alone. One idea struck her, though, and it was one that she thought about in the beginning, but didn’t think she could afford. It was to hire an in home care provider for her father.

The more that Joanne researched and learned about hiring a caregiver, the more she realized that it was more affordable than she ever thought possible. If you can’t find support to help you with your caregiving responsibilities, consider hiring a professional caregiver for your loved one. It would serve both you and your loved one well.

If you or someone you know needs help with caregiver services in East 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.