Caregiver Dilemma: Quality of Care and Quality of Life
Most families spare no expense in providing quality care for their loved ones who are aged or sick. However, considering caregiver stress is linked to depression and many health problems, families often do not recognise that their own wellbeing as a caregiver is just as important as the quality of life of the care recipient.
When should I seek help at home?
As a loved one advances in years or in illness, there will come a point where care becomes too taxing for the family. Many day-to-day tasks we have taken for granted, needs to be meted out with care. Many family caregivers, especially those with young children, are unable to cope with the routines of medications, medical appointments, and assistance. While there is no prescribed time to seek respite care, one clear indicator is when care becomes a full-time job and begins to react negatively to caregiving. Nursing respite care allows the family to focus on spending quality time together instead of chasing time to get tasks done.
Filling the Gaps in Healthcare
Home care can fill the important gaps in eldercare and step-down care. The transition from hospital to home is usually the hardest and most confusing part for a patient’s family, and poor care management can lead to hospital readmissions. For most people, when met with a load of overwhelming care, the first course of action is to rely on a domestic helper. However, without proper knowledge and practice, poor care at home can affect the patient’s road to recovery, leading to more costs and poorer quality of life for patients and their families.
“Poor care management can lead to hospital readmissions”
This is where community nursing comes in. Having a seasoned nurse visit your home to provide care, not only means a pair of helping hands, but also the sharing of skills and knowledge to reinforce the family and the domestic helper. As part of Jaga-Me’s Nursing Respite Service and medical procedures, our experienced local nurses go above and beyond the enclosed hospitals – to assess and review the patient’s health status through clinical observations, and propose the most relevant care recommendations to the family members.
Focusing on Quality
Quality of life requires quality care, provided by well-prepared family members and community nurses. Our loved ones deserve to age and recuperate in comfort and in familiar surroundings with their family. Family caregivers are dedicated to their loved ones, but they should not feel shame for requiring assistance. They should prioritise connecting with their loved ones, and not be preoccupied with care. Care is readily within reach, whenever you need it.
Read about one of our client’s stories to know more about our quality service here. If you are struggling with caregiving, do give us a call at 8498 4598 and let us see if we are able to help you.
Jaga-Me: Your Trusted Medical Home Care Professional
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