Sheila McKannayWhile you are dealing with looking for, providing or receiving home care services for you and your family, I’d like to share the following with you; I’ve been there too.

My father and mother died in 2006 and 2007 respectively, when they were each just months shy of their 89th birthday. My parents had been alert, active, and independent. They did tai chi, read, drove, threw dinner parties and played bridge. The list goes on. When my father died, I was living in Seattle and my parents were in California. I was designated as the one to find home care for my mother. She really didn’t want help, but she decided to stop driving and my brother insisted she have service three hours a day, five days a week. I researched senior home care agencies, interviewed and hired one and was the contact between my mother, brother, and the home care team, despite living out of state.

When my mom became seriously ill, her home care increased and became home health care. Soon she had round-the-clock care. Eventually I canceled her home care services and came home to take care of her myself. It was a very intimate experience and I am glad that I had this time with my mother before she died.

When I speak with Family Resource Home Care clients or potential clients and their families, do an intake or review a care plan because of a change in a client’s status, I want you to know that I have been through the steps you are going through. I have lived it. I have searched for the best senior home care business and I have provided the home care myself. I know what you may be feeling; from concern, to worry and love to the sadness and conflict that may also be part of the process. I also know what it is like to have to negotiate with other family members around the care of an elderly adult whom you all love.

Many of our caregivers have also provided senior home care to their own family members and so they understand, in a very personal way, what our clients need. Thank you for trusting us with your most precious possessions – your health, safety and well-being, and that of your loved ones.