“Helping families remain families”
Our tag line for Midnight Sun Home Care holds much meaning for us and it speaks directly to our mission of ensuring quality of life and providing peace of mind for our clients and their families. The idea of it becomes that much clearer when we break it down further to: helping husbands be husbands, wives be wives, partners be partners, daughters be daughters and sons be sons.
But, what does it really mean?
It means that we provide help in our clients’ homes; doing the tasks and providing the direct assistance that helps them remain independent in that home, for as long as possible. In doing so, we help to guarantee that their loved ones retain their proper, familial roles.
When I think about it, I believe that is one reason why my mother doesn’t want my siblings and me providing care for her—so we can just be her kids, certainly avoid being placed in the role of parenting our parent. She gets it.
My father, who we did provide care for, got it too. But I would guess that he figured he had it coming. He seemed to like having his kids wait on him, care for him and do the things he did for us for so many years. Yet, in doing so, we all were given a valuable gift. It brought us closer together in a way we hadn’t experienced and taught us to be more empathetic and tolerant of each other. I am forever grateful for that and I believe my father was wise enough to understand that.
I think our experience was a beautifully rare one. So often, being a family caregiver to a parent, a grandparent or a spouse is wrought with demands on time and resources that can make or break not only that relationship but also the family caregiver themselves.
Let’s look at some statistics on family caregivers:
Does this mean that you shouldn’t become a caregiver to a loved one? Of course not, but you should consider all the possible realities and the pros and cons. As you might imagine, the greatest threat to any caregiver, especially family caregivers, is not taking care of yourself. Our perception is that the best caregivers are those who put aside their own needs for those of the people they care for, but that is often at a hefty price. So please consider the following self-care rules:
Our experience tells us that getting in-home care assistance and or respite is certainly the way to go. If you plan to get help from an agency like Midnight Sun Home Care, consider the following questions to ask potential providers:
Getting this information will go a long way in helping you make a good decision and get the best fit for you and your loved one. Be sure to make use of the many valuable resources on our website. Our Senior Care University portal is a great place to educate yourself on most anything you need to know about providing care.
Whether you are a caregiver to a loved one; you bring help into the home; or you provide a mix of the two, make sure that you, your family and your loved one are in agreement. Get help where and when you need it and most of all, take care of yourself. This may be the most rewarding experience of your life. It was for me and continues to be, every day, as I lead our company in helping more and more families remain families!