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Caregivers Are Your Partner In Managing Chronic Illness At Home | Generations Home Care
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Many people living with chronic illnesses can’t maintain their quality of life alone. That’s why in-home caregivers are crucial partners to people with chronic disease; caregivers, whether professionally trained or family members, can help with managing chronic illness at home by pitching in with difficult tasks and chores to keep clients healthy and fulfilled. And in-home caregiving is about more than helping around the house; caregivers can perform a wide variety of tasks to make sure that their clients remain socially connected, engaged with their hobbies, and overall satisfied with their daily lives. Here’s how.

What Chronic Illnesses Can In-Home Caregivers Assist?

Chronic illness covers a diverse spectrum of needs, and not all chronic illnesses are a good fit for an in-home caregiver. Compared to an in-home nurse, a caregiver cannot provide high-acuity medical attention for people who need a trained nurse to meet their needs. However, many chronic conditions make living alone tricky but do not require intense medical care. An in-home caregiver is an excellent choice for these cases, as they can often make the difference between staying at home and living comfortably or moving into an assisted care setting.

Illnesses that may benefit from a caregiver’s help include:

This is only a preliminary list of chronic conditions that in-home care can assist with. For more information, reach out with your specific needs, and we’d love to talk to you in-depth about whether our services will be a good fit.

Help With Daily Tasks 

Living with chronic illness can make tasks that some people take for granted into a daily ordeal. For people with arthritis, tooth brushing, doing the dishes, and even eating become painful challenges. Stroke patients may be unable to bathe, cook for themselves, or get around the house. No matter the challenges, an in-home caregiver can bridge the gap and help clients continue to live independent lives. 

Medication Management 

For many people, treating chronic illness is a tough juggling act. With the wide number of prescriptions many people have to take, keeping track of them all is difficult, and the cost of a missed or repeated dose can be dangerous. While in-home caregivers cannot assist with more intensive medical needs, managing medications is an integral part of a caregiver’s duties when working with chronically ill people. Your caregiver can help you create a medication plan, set reminders, and ensure you take the proper medications when needed. 

Healthy Lifestyle Habits 

Living with chronic illness creates a vast number of lifestyle needs to manage symptoms and maintain overall health. Of course, the difficulty is that chronic illness itself often makes these habits harder to maintain due to discomfort, fatigue, or mobility issues. Other physical and mental health issues often arise as healthy lifestyle habits slip.

Caregivers can help clients get their moderate daily exercise, ensure that their hygiene and grooming needs are met, and provide varied and delicious food for every meal. Whether you struggle with mobility, fine motor control, or other barriers to living a healthy life, a caregiver can help you meet your goals with support and understanding.

Connecting with Healthcare Resources

Unfortunately, getting connected with healthcare resources can be a frustrating experience, even for people who are generally healthy. When you add a chronic illness into the mix, that frustration becomes an uphill battle. Caregivers can support you in making appointments, finding the right resources for your needs, and providing transportation to and from your doctor’s visits. 

Providing Emotional Support

One of the most critical roles a caregiver performs is providing emotional support for clients with chronic illnesses. Unfortunately, one-third of people with chronic diseases also experience depression. Feelings of frustration, sadness, and despair are normal after receiving a chronic illness diagnosis. However, living with depression is not inevitable, and letting symptoms go untreated is a considerable barrier to living a happy life. An in-home caregiver is there to lend a sympathetic ear, monitor for worsening symptoms of depression and anxiety, and provide companionship during difficult times. With their help, you can pursue not just a healthier life with chronic illness but a happier one as well.

About Generations Home Care

Generations Home Care personalized in-home care and support services help those recovering from illness, injury, or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier, and independent life.

Our caregivers are trained in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended COVID-19 safety precautions. We offer levels of care ranging from companionship, to respite for the primary family caregiver, to homemaking services, to assistance with activities of daily living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Generations Home Care takes a holistic approach and emphasizes a consistent, client-centered plan of care.

Our Specialty Services Include:

  • Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
  • Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
  • Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
  • Veteran’s connection to care program.
  • Live-in services and couples care.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.


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