Stairs were difficult to climb so she moved her bedroom to the first floor. She stopped driving at night. Sometimes she would forget things, but she just figured that was normal. She fell once or twice, but she was able to eventually get herself back up so she didn’t mention it to her children. Her kids and grandkids worry about her, but they weren’t quite sure what to do. She had always been adamant that she didn’t want to leave her home where she raised her kids and had loved her husband until his death. There were too many happy memories that she didn’t want to leave behind. The kids started to check up on her more, but it soon became clear that that was nowhere near enough.
One night Stella was shuffling to her trash can like she did every night to take out her kitchen trash. It was dark, but she knew the sidewalk well. But her toe caught the edge of the sidewalk and she toppled into her yard. She bumped her head on the wash line pole and felt her shoulder pop when she landed with a thud. As she lay there she weakly called for help, but the neighbors were either inside for the night or working. Then it began to rain.
Stella, soaking wet and utterly confused, was found the next morning by her neighbor on his way to the train station. He got a blanket and kept her warm until the ambulance got there.
During her recovery in the hospital, there was much discussion about what was best for Stella now that it was undeniable that she needed more help. However, she was still insistent that she remain at home.
The family decided to enlist the help of an in home homecare caregiver. It took a little getting used to at first. Stella didn’t like the idea of a stranger being with her at home all the time. But over time, Danielle, the homecare giver, gained Stella’s trust through providing help with her physical safety. Danielle walked with Stella to prevent her from falling. Danielle also assisted with housekeeping tasks that Stella had not been able to keep up with like cooking healthy meals and running the vacuum cleaner.
Now that Danielle has worked with Stella for years, the family sees the emotional support that Stella gains from the relationship. Stella has someone to talk to which keeps her mind sharper than it would have been. She has the encouragement from Danielle to stay as active as she can. Danielle is not just a nameless, faceless homecare worker. She is a meaningful part of Stella’s life, a dear friend.
Community Care hears stories like Stella and Danielle’s all the time from their clients and homecare workers. No matter who you are, your needs are met through relationships. Homecare is designed to foster trusting and meaningful relationships in which the utmost quality of care is given. If you would like to provide a loving, caring homecare relationship for your senior or disabled loved one, please call.