Recently an elderly friend began sharing her concerns about not wanting to become a burden to her loving and very caring family. Her conversation included the discussion from her family about the possibly of moving her into a facility. In a distressing tone she tells me she is not ready for a facility and from what I can see and have experienced while in the company of my dear friend; I had to agree with her. Expressing her gratefulness for having a loving and attentive family to her needs and desires, she felt with demanding jobs and a household to run they did need an occasional break from always tending to mom.
Shortly after that particular visit to her home, more frequent then not, I received telephone calls from my friend, often in a dispirited tone. I began to notice a pattern. A long chat or a face-to-face visit always boosted her saddened heart and the air of melancholy that surrounded her. By the end of our chatter she had returned to the sweet-nature of a placid disposition. It appears to me that my friend just wanted, possibly needed — aside from the tender loving care of her family, the added stimuli from an outside source - mentally and physically.
Aware and taking notice of the changes in my elderly friend, doing my best to be there for her, sometimes it is just not possible. Like her family I too have duties, obligations, a household to run and a caregiver to my own elderly parent. Like many of us - elderly or not - sometimes an extra set of hands is the answer when it comes to tending to our loved one — especially when those hands come with a benevolent smile from one with a passion to care.
Concerned for my friend I put the ole thinking cap on and have to say as I began to rummage through the thick stack of business cards that reside at my desk; we never know those we meet long ago just might be the one to end up assisting us in some way, shape or form in the here and now. Not too terribly far into the stack I find the card I am looking for, Hearts for Hire, LLC. Patti Emmons, the owner of the business and one I had the opportunity to work with at random during her 19 years at Hospice.
Hearts for Hire offers Senior Companion Services that can be tailored to fit your loved one’s lifestyle, your family’s needs and your budget. The dear friend mentioned above and her family were introduced to Patti Emmons and a connection was made.
Tending to the daily routine in life or be it during the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holidays an extra set of hands is indeed helpful. When a spouse or partner dies, in many cases the aged depend on family members to assist with daily activities and if not, our elderly eventually and sometimes unnecessarily must take residence in a nursing or assisted living facility.
From the wealth of life experiences and their vast body of knowledge we do owe our seniors enormous respect and gratitude for their wisdom — so no matter what route we take, we must err on the side of caution when making decisions about elderly care.
Designed to give friendship and the personal attention they need, Hearts for Hire, Senior Companion Services focuses on daily interaction and activities that provide wellness to their clients. I can acclaim to that. Compared to before my friend became a Hearts for Hire client, all I can say is what a Godsend! Big-hearted and empathetic, Hearts for Hire, LLC is providing excellent in home care for my dear friend. The family can rest assured knowing when having to tend to the daily routines outside the home, Patti's TLC offers respite to the family while nurturing my friend with social stimulation, occasional outings and light housekeeping. Highly Recommended, thank you Hearts for Hire.
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