As we get older, we hope that our lives will become easier. We anticipate retirement as the time in our lives when we can finally relax. While the golden years can be some of the best years of our life, there are always concerns. Senior citizens have challenges to overcome that are universal to all ages as well as some issues that are specific to their age group.
Getting groceries, going to doctor’s visits, even small tasks such as cleaning the house become more difficult as we get older and we may need to have daily assistance.
Mr and Mrs Smith have recently moved into a Macadamia Village. Mr Smith has recently been diagnosed with a serious illness that results in Mr Smith requiring assistance with a number of daily tasks he used to be able to perform himself. This news is hard for Mrs Smith to accept and she is concerned about how she will look after her husband and take care of her household. Within the first few days in their new home, they receive a visit from Macadamia Care. They are welcomed to the village, and the benefits of the Care Availability Levy and services of Macadamia Care are explained – including the fact that it is Macadamia Care’s desire that each resident enjoy their remaining years in the comfort of their own home, receiving all the necessary assistance from Macadamia Care staff.
At a time, convenient to the Smiths, a care assessment is made for both of them, and a resultant care plan is then drawn up and discussed with them. A Care Companion is then assigned to them, fully trained by Macadamia Care in their specific requirements. The Care Companion is able to assist beyond the normal duties associated with a Care worker, and is intended to act as a companion to the Smiths, providing a host of services, including:
- Activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, feeding, moving around the home)
- Making tea and coffee
- Cooking and preparing basic meals
- Walking and basic exercises
- Playing games (puzzles and board games)
- Assisting with shopping
Where the Smiths would previously have had to employ a domestic helper to assist with a number of these matters, or where Mrs Smith would have had to do all of them, they can now enjoy their time together and allow Macadamia Care to quietly help in the background.
The role of the Care Companion is intended to help relieve the general stresses of daily living and to go the extra mile in making your retirement years your best years.
At Macadamia we understand elder care. To read more about us in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, click here.