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Nurse or Caregiver: Determining Your Needs

A home health aide helping an elderly man out of bed in his apartment in New York CityAs your parents age, their health may decline.

This may raise questions of what kind of care your parents need. Depending on whether their illnesses or declined independence necessitates constant medical attention or just a caregiver, your parents may need to consider some sort of assisted living arrangement.

How do you know if you or your loved ones need a nurse or a caregiver?

A caregiver is there to provide assistance in daily activities, assistance with home management, and can help to cook for their patients. Their job is to provide assistance and care for the people they look after. A caregiver can be a certified aid or can be a family member who has shouldered the responsibility of providing care and assistance to aging loved ones.

A nurse has the medical qualifications to provide more technical services. Their job is not to provide care in daily activities but to provide medical services that may need to be facilitated on a daily basis. These individuals are typically licensed medical professionals who are paid.

If you or your elderly parents are in need of intensive medical care, such as constant blood tests or in need of catheter changes, then you may want to consider hiring a nurse. If you or your loved one need help performing daily tasks or are at fall risk, consider hiring a caregiver.

What is important is to know and understand exactly what your aging parents need. Ultimately what needs to be considered is the amount of assistance that your parents need. While private care has the potential to be very expensive, the consequences of not getting the adequate care can be steep. Especially for seniors who are at high risk of falling or seniors who are in constant need of supervision, hiring a caregiver is probably the right choice for you.

Once you become aware that additional assistance at home is necessary, hiring a caregiver or a nurse can help to prevent the progression of other health issues. With the help of a caregiver or nurse, chronic illnesses like high blood pressure, chronic heart problems, and diabetes can be avoided by making healthy life choices.

Not only do caregivers and nurses provide the proper services to seniors who need the extra assistance or medical attention, but having a caregiver or nurse can also provide peace of mind for family members who are responsible for taking care of aging loved ones.

Depending on the needs of your individual senior, a nurse or a caregiver may be the key to a longer and healthier future. Above all if your loved one is experience a rapid decline in health, the additional assistance will be the best way to make your loved one the most comfortable.

It is important to understand the needs of your aging parents, in order to provide the best possible care. The future of your parent’s health depends on the steps taken today.
 

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About AlvitaCare

Alvita Care is a fully licensed home healthcare company providing premier in home caregiver services to seniors living in New York City and on Long Island NY. With offices in Midtown Manhattan and Hauppauge NY, Alvita Care was founded in 2008 upon the idea of "Care Without Compromise". Our care-giving services enhance seniors' lives, by improving their well-being, dignity and independence. We have earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval and pride ourselves with our proprietary caregiver matching process that carefully matches our experience caregivers to each client based on personality and technical skills needed. Alvita Care can help whether you need assistance for several hours a few times a week or you require live-in or around-the-clock assistance. Our caregivers provide assurance and relief to families by relieving their anxiety, knowing that their loved one is safe, happy and lovingly cared for.