Did you know that November is Home Care and Hospice Month? This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight some of our excellent caregivers, and share some tips to thank the caregivers in your life - especially if you live in the greater Philadelphia area. Let’s get started!
PAN wants to share the following client testimonials as a “THANK YOU” to all of our caregivers who work so hard:
"I'm sure you know that my father passed away earlier today. I believe I told you before what a gem Amara has been. I just wanted to reiterate how lucky we were to have him looking after my father every night. My father connected to him, and at the end, he was the only one who could get my father to do the things he needed to do. Thank you very much for working out my father's care schedule so beautifully. It made the difficult part at the end much easier for my brother and me.” (Susan)
"It was very difficult to make the decision to have someone look after dad in our home but we couldn't be more pleased with PAN and Rose." (Diane)
"Kim, Several days have gone by since mom died, and we all want you to know how very grateful we are for your wonderful, insightful, compassionate care. We don't know what we would have done without you and Naomi helping us navigate, but we do know that mom's last few years, which were so painful for her, would have been a great deal harder for her and for us. Thank you for being willing to step in and out of the case as the Hospice involvement shifted. Thanks for always acting with such a lovely balance of warmth and professionalism.” (Ellen)
So, what are some things you can do to thank the caregivers in your life?
- Provide meal delivery for a week. Whether you’re cooking yourself or want to use a meal delivery service, everyone needs to eat! You can have meals sent to your elderly parent, OR you can send them to your brother/sister/cousin to ease their burden when they’re not caring for a loved one. Regardless of who is on the receiving end, it is always nice to have help with meal preparation and clean up. Meal delivery is also a really great option for someone who is homebound and not able to go out easily. Here are some options for healthy, tasty, meal delivery service in the greater Philadelphia area:
- Find housekeeping services. Let’s be honest - most people enjoy clean baseboards, clear windows, and spotless bathrooms, but who wants to do that work on a frequent basis? Chances are, if someone has recently become a primary caregiver for a family member, they might be overwhelmed with all the tasks to accomplish - meal preparation, bathing and toileting, keeping track of finances, etc. Hiring someone on a one-time or recurring basis (or doing the work yourself) can really help out. Here are some resources for caregivers in the greater Philadelphia area:
- Babysit or provide a ‘date night out.’ This is something you can do for a sibling or family member who has taken on the responsibilities of being a primary caretaker that will provide a lot of relief. Caring for another human can be a full-time requirement, but it’s important that caretakers get a break, too...especially if they have children as well as an elderly parent that needs help! Babysitting might be hard to do if you’re not living in the same geographic area, but if you are, it’s a wonderful opportunity to help someone who is helping others.
November is a special time to recognize all of the hard work that caregivers - professional and not - provide to loved ones. At Pennsylvania Agency of Nurses, we’re proud of the caregivers in our agency, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the great work they’ve been doing. To read more client testimonials, please visit this page. If you’re looking for Pennsylvania in home care for a loved one, please contact us to learn how we can best help your family. Thank you for reading, and be sure to thank the caregivers in your life!