The client’s I met today were so inspiring. An elderly couple ages 95 and 93 living independently in their home in Mississauga. The home safety assessment revealed several areas of concern, but overall they were managing very well. I was called in because their son was visiting from out of town and was trying frantically to arrange home care services for his parents. He was obviously very concerned about them.
The woman, age 93, is living with dementia and her husband is her primary caregiver. She is on a waiting list for long-term care placement. Her husband is cognitively capable, although he is a bit unsteady on his feet and last week had a fall when standing to get out of bed and had 12 sutures in his head as a reminder of where his head connected with the nightstand. This fall is what prompted his son’s visit and the call to us for home care services.
There is a laundry list of things that their son wants done for them, but we all had to pause and ask them- what do they want? The answer was a few hours of respite care so the husband can go to play bridge. He said to me, “I will go to a nursing home when I’m older, until then I just want to enjoy life.”
How inspiring! It was a pleasure to talk with this gentleman and offer him the option of staying independent in his own home with a little bit of assistance with the things he finds difficult. Although he is hesitant about having any help for himself, he did agree he could use some help caring for his wife.
To provide the son with peace of mind I recommended the Claris Companion for the check-in and easy to use email functions. I also set them up with an Alertag. The Alertag is a keychain card that has a QR code that can be scanned by any smart phone, as well as a weblink so if they are ever in an emergency situation, the paramedics and hospital staff have easy access to all of their pertinent medical history, allergies, and emergency contacts.
It is truly a pleasure to serve this family.
-Jennifer Kazmaier RN