Betty's Home Health Care Blog for Patients and Care Providers

It's Okay To Need Help—Hire a Home Health Care Assistant

In Australia, more than 18% of people are distinguished as being disabled. This can range from mild and temporary to heavy and permanent. Regardless of the extent, people with disabilities are often cared for by committed and loving individuals in their lives. Mums, dads, siblings and parents alike are often the primary caregivers of those with special needs. Currently, it is estimated that over 2.5 million people are caregivers for the disabled, nationally.

But aside the physical and mental aspects of caring for your disabled loved ones, the emotional aspect can be equally exhausting. And if your loved one is someone whose condition(s) are degenerative, the tasks involved with their care and well-being can increase exponentially.

Often, the love for those closest to you can blind you to your own needs. You'll work tirelessly to ensure they have as good a life as possible. Bathing, talking, cleaning, feeding – you like to think you are giving them everything they need.

But we are only human and sometimes, we need a break. Even the most loving spouses, parents and caregivers need to have a little help.

Home Health Care is a great way to augment your own loving care by picking up on things that you might grow tired from doing. While the love you feel for our loved ones cannot be taught, the expertise needed to provide quality home health care, can be taught.

When you have a qualified home health care attendant, you can take time to catch your breath, rest, relax or do things that need to be done that you've put off for too long.

Not only can you get a much-needed physical and mental break from the rigors of caregiving, but you'll be much more able to find balance in your emotional life as well. After all, it is easier to give tender, loving care, when you also care for yourself.

There are many ways having a home health care assistant can help you take the deep breath you may need to take. From simple tasks like clean-up and bathing, to more difficult or in-depth tasks like medication administration and IVs, you could have an extra set of hands giving you more time to take care of other things, while not having to be concerned about the safety and well-being of your loved one.

Ultimately, the goal is that they have a safe and happy life for as long as possible and sometimes the best way to provide this, is to give yourself the help you need, so that you can help them.