In-Home Care and How You Can Help a Loved One

The conversation surrounding the need for in-home care for a family member or friend can often be a tough one to have. Most people don’t want to conclude that care is needed and many times, we are afraid to share our concerns for a loved one. There are ways that we can help and lead family and friends in the right direction – without being intrusive.

  1. Know the signs 

When does someone need care? What if  my mom isn’t sick or ill? How can I tell that she may need someone around the home? These are questions that we hear all the time. Most people don’t think to look for care until the situation takes a bad turn. Chances are, the signs were already there. Look for changes in behavior such as eating habits and sleep patterns. There are many factors than can cause these types of changes that may need to be addressed. Pay close attention to mobility. Has he or she asked you to move things from the second floor of the home to the first floor? Have you noticed an increase in trips and falls? These could be signs of decreased mobility. So, be open to anything that seems out of the ordinary and make note of these behaviors.

2. Know where to start

Once you’ve realized that a loved one is in need of home care, who do you call? There are many options for care out there– and, at times, it can seem a bit overwhelming for many families. Looking online is one way that you can begin your search but you can also try contacting local churches, community centers or even talking with a doctor for recommendations. Word-of-mouth goes a long way and allows you to get in touch with people you know and trust. You’ll want to find care that is reliable, dependable and meets your family’s needs. It’s not uncommon to call a few different agencies before making a final decision. You’ll want to talk about things such as budget, availability,  and the type of care needed.

3. Find the right resources

As with the many options for care you’ll find, there are just as many resources to help get things under control. Whether it be financially, mentally or spiritually, there are people out there who can and will help! For example, learning and understanding how someone may qualify for Veterans Assistance for in-home service can be a huge help with finances. Paying for care is an added stress on families during a time when the focus should be on the person. Organizations like United Way of Will County offer many programs for all types of needs. Last, you may also want to ask any aging relatives if they’ve considered Long-Term Care insurance which can help pay for care down the road. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

4. Be supportive, be flexible, be kind

This is the most important of them all. Should home care ever become a situation that you’re faced with for someone you love, my hope is that you’ll be supportive. Be Somebody Help them deal with the realization that their bodies are aging and changing. Help them do everything with grace. I hope that you find yourself flexible with your time. This means being around when they need you the most-it means sacrifice. It is certainly not the easiest job but it’s truly rewarding. And finally, I hope that you’ll be kind. There will be long nights and there will be times of sadness and frustration. But remember to give love in everything that you do. Never forget to love.

As always, thank you for reading, sharing and posting! Don’t be afraid to reach out with any questions or comments.

with love,

DeAnna

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Caregiving isn’t just a job; it’s a choice to value life.

img_0014Caring for the elderly and for those with disabilities can certainly be a challenging task. However, when a person takes on the role of a caregiver, they have undoubtedly chosen to value the life of the person who needs care. A caregiver understands that the challenges placed in front of them are far less than the physical challenges a client may be suffering from. Caregivers are able to set aside their needs in order to provide the best care possible.

“The simple act of caring is heroic.” You can be a hero in someone’s life. Maybe you have done that already. Or, perhaps, you know someone who could use a hero – a person who just needs something that caregivers provide: companionship and love and happiness. It really is the simple things that matter! And what’s even more rewarding is bringing peace of mind to the client’s families.

Caregivers are there when no one else is around. The presence of a compassionate face can bring joy where joy may have once been lost. Do you feel that you could be a caregiver? Do you love and care for others? Would you want to see a smile on another person’s face? If you said yes to yourself to either of those questions, Sunny Days would love to have you join our team!

We have a simple way to help you get started. Please follow this link for our online application.

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Why not now?

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Imagine the following scenario: It’s 6 a.m. on a Monday morning. You get up to walk to the bathroom and you trip over a pile of dirty laundry. I should clean that. I’ll do the laundry this weekend. As you finish getting ready to leave your home, you look back at that pile of clothes. I’ll do it this weekend. Seriously. Before you know it, the weekend is here and that pile has nearly doubled. It’s a Saturday morning. You already know that pile is going to take at least two loads of laundry work. Well, it’s 10am and I have some errands to run. I’ll do the laundry when I get back home. Does any of this sound familiar? That is the sound of procrastination. It’s that annoying, anxious buzz in your ear and it’s a distraction from getting things done. What if I told you that you can control that sound by loudly proclaiming, “Why not now?” Let’s go back to that very first thought you had about the dirty pile of laundry. You’ve just tripped over the pile. I’ll do the laundry this weekend-but, why not now? What would stop you from putting a small load of laundry in at that very moment that you realized it needed to be done? Cut the noise out and say it out loud: Why not now?

I began saying this out loud to myself for the past week and it works! In the beginning I was only thinking it and, if you’re anything like me, you know how the mind tends to wander. I would start thinking of other things like, well, I could do it now but I’m also pretty hungry and we have leftover pizza which could go bad if I don’t eat it. Plus, I can always do it later or maybe when the kids fall asleep  — you get the point. Bottom line, it didn’t get done. Period. But the moment I decided to say the words, “why not now” out loud to myself, I felt different. It was a pep talk of sorts. And although it was from myself to myself, hearing the words out loud actually seemed to cut the buzz of procrastination off.

This new practice inspired me to dig deeper into why I was procrastinating in the first place. I’m not a lazy person and I like to think that I get stuff done. I found that I have a tendency to put off the small things that, in my mind, aren’t of the most importance. At least at the moment those things don’t seem important…until that small pile of laundry becomes an all day task.

I first challenge you to think about how often and why at times you choose to procrastinate. For me, it was about the level of importance of a task. Second, I challenge you to start asking yourself, “why not now?” when you come across something you’re about to pass up. You might surprise yourself at how much you can get done!

In the past week, I’ve also learned that even the smallest task is an integral part of my everyday life. The small things always lead to a bigger and more difficult issue to deal with as it grows. This is true for tasks as well as relationships. Have you ever wanted to talk to someone about an issue but you put it off because it didn’t seem like the right time? When is the right time? Why not now?

I’d like to end with just a few encouraging words. Wherever you are in life, always remember to set goals. Big goals and small goals. Set a goal for today. Start each day with the words, why not now? Why not today? Why can’t you reach a goal today? Here’s a secret: you can. And I believe in each one of you.
Have a happy, sunny day!

~DeAnna

Sunny Days In-Home Care is coming to Chicago’s West Suburbs!

Home healthcare is a fast growing industry, and with an increase in the number of senior citizens across the nation, there is a need for more care to assist people living at home. So, we are proud to announce that we’re bringing Sunny Days In-Home Care to Chicagoland!

Sunny Days In-Home Care (SDIHC) is officially the fastest growing home health care company in the country according to Inc. Magazine’s 2016 list. Currently serving over 200 clients in the Pittsburgh area, SDIHC credits its success to diligently keeping the client first at all times. The concept is integral to the core values of this home health care company that we cannot wait to be a part of.

The Midwest will be the first to get a dose of the honest and passionate care from the Sunny Days family. Our location will happily serve the Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Joliet, and surrounding areas. We are looking forward to not only providing care, but becoming involved with the communities and making a difference in the lives of those around us.

Please like our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates including information about the Grand Opening. For now, #SaveTheDate. Sunny Days In-Home Care is coming soon!