Today’s family caregivers often balance their own family’s needs with their parents’ care. These caregivers in the sandwich generation can face struggles trying to be there for everyone. Does that sound familiar?
On the days you’re at your parents’ home providing care, bring your little ones. There are ways to involve them in the daily routines that make them feel important and helps you get things done.
Put on a movie that your children and parents both love. Disney moves are good in this situation. While they watch the movie, you can get the laundry done, change sheets and towels, and start to prepare a meal. Your parents will benefit from having someone to spend time while you’re busy.
On good days, your child could join your parents while walking the family dog. They could also help your parents in the gardens. They can help pull weeds or harvest crops that are ready.
With taller children, sweeping floors and then mopping them is a good task. They could do the tile floors in a mudroom or use a dust pad mop to remove hair and dust from wood floors.
Older children may be able to run a vacuum. That can be very helpful. With a smaller hand-held vacuum like a Dustbuster, you could have them vacuum the stairs, too.
Dusting low areas is a great task for younger children. With a dust pad, such as Swiffer’s dusters, the dust is trapped. A damp cloth also traps the dust and prevents dust from staying behind. If you have children old enough to polish the furniture with a beeswax spray or similar product, you can have them do that when they’re done the dusting.
Your child may not be able to fold laundry, but he/she can help you sort it. Have them sort it by colors to make it easier to get laundry done. Your son or daughter could also gather laundry in the different rooms and carry it to the basket for you.
If they can fold items, you could have them match socks and fold t-shirts. They might be able to help put clothes in the right drawers or rooms, too.
Caregivers are equally helpful when it comes to caring for your parents. With caregivers helping your family, you’ll be able to take days off to attend school functions, go on vacations, or stay home with a sick child. Call an agency to talk about scheduling and fees.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Caregiver in Media, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care. Call today: 484-200-7347
Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.
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