Caregivers: Who Are They, How They Can Help, And What Qualifies Them To Help?
Many seniors in or near Albuquerque, New Mexico, rely on caregivers to maintain their health, safety, and wellbeing. But who are these caregivers and how do they help?
Caregivers Are There When Doctors And Nurses Are Not.
Doctors and registered nurses play essential roles in health care, of course. But doctors and nurses don’t do everything. A doctor isn’t going to help an elderly person get up and down the stairs. A nurse isn’t going to bring you groceries. These are services that caregivers offer.
Are Caregivers Qualified To Do These Jobs?
Caregivers are not medical school or nursing school graduates. But not all qualifications are diplomas; caregivers have their own qualifications they need in order to be hired. The best health care agencies have high standards their prospective caregivers must meet. At Always Best Care of Albuquerque, all our caregivers are bonded and insured, skills-tested, and have passed a pre-employment screening than includes a verification of work history and a criminal background check.
How Do Caregivers Help Elderly New Mexicans?
Caregivers help the elderly by providing a variety of services. Such services include:
- Assisted Living
There are numerous superb assisted living communities in the Albuquerque area of New Mexico. Some of these facilities sometimes have nurses on staff, but the vast majority of workers are caregivers who help the residents with all their care needs.
- In-Home Companion Care
We most often think of caregivers helping seniors with their physical health, but mental health is just as important. Many seniors live in isolation, far from family and friends. This can cause loneliness, which can lead to depression, and depression is often a major mental health issue. Companion caregivers visit seniors in their Albuquerque-area homes and converse with them, listen to their concerns, reminisce with them, play card or board games with them, encourage them to keep up with correspondence, and escort them to social gatherings (when it is safe to do so).
- Home Helper Services
Some seniors and their families are under the mistaken impression that a senior should move into a senior care facility simply because they struggle to maintain their Albuquerque home. This is not the case thanks to home helper services. Caregivers can do household chores and run errands to help seniors manage their homes and their lives.
- In-Home Personal Care
Personal caregivers help seniors physically. Personal caregivers can help seniors with mobility issues, help them in the bathroom, at mealtime, and more.