Is Your Father’s Home Care Journey Catered to His Needs?February 3, 2016
Home Care in Bronx NY
When many people think about starting home care journeys for elderly adults they think of caring for couples or for elderly women. Very rarely do people immediately consider an aging man needing home care on his own, and even if they do, they might not think about the fact that their care may need to be different from the care that their wife might have received. If you are a family caregiver for your elderly father, have you stopped to think about whether the home care efforts you have put forth for your father are properly catered to his needs?
When it comes to caring for an elderly man, there are some things that you should keep in mind to ensure that you are giving him the level of care and assistance that he needs in order to live the highest quality of life possible. Some of these things include:
• Shorter lives. The World Health Organization notes that American women live, on average, five years longer than American men. This means that their health needs are likely to increase at an earlier age and you need to focus your attention on potential health concerns earlier than you might have when caring for a woman. To put this in perspective, the average woman dying of a heart attack is 75 years old or older, putting her already two years older than average men are at death.
• Fewer men are in care relationships. There are many reasons that there tend to be far fewer men involved in home care relationships than women, including the shorter life expectancy and the frequency with which men receive their care from their spouse rather than another caregiver or a home care provider. When it comes to building your care relationship, this can make it more difficult for you to find others who know what you are going through and seek out social interaction for your senior father. It is important to put extra effort into finding this support and encouraging more interaction for him.
• Men tend to be happier. Studies from the University of Michigan have shown that more elderly men report being happy with their lives than elderly women, but men tend to have a more difficult time handling the more devastating challenges of aging, including the loss of loved ones. This means that your home care journey with your aging father should be focused on supporting his ongoing happiness and health, but also being vigilant about his reaction to difficult situations. It is vital that you do not just gloss over hard times because he is usually happy, but be there to offer him encouragement and support, and let him know that it is alright for him to feel grief and sadness.
• Men are considered “old” later. While it can be a very positive thing that your father does not perceive him as old and is not under the pressure of feeling like society thinks of him as old, it can also put a strain on his care. This is because if he does not feel like he is “old” your father might not feel as compelled to cooperate with you or his home care provider, and may continue to engage in risky behaviors or lifestyle choices that could diminish his health and quality of life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Bronx NY, please contact the caring staff at Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing. Call today: Bronx: 718-733-2222 , Westchester: 914-362-0899
Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.