The senior population is the largest group of people using home care to assist with activities of daily living. The struggles encountered as they age often seem exclusive to the process of getting older. However, millions of people of all ages face debilitating conditions which are similar to those faced by seniors. People with disabilities have a unique perspective on the struggles of older adults because disabled people often deal with the same issues.
Chad Hymas, an Influencer and Public Speaker, who is also a dedicated client of SYNERGY HomeCare, faces similar difficulties as senior-aged adults. Seventeen years ago, Chad suffered an accident, losing most of the use of his arms and requiring him to use a wheelchair to get around.
“I feel like I relate very well to the elderly,” said Chad. He says the wheelchair helps him to relate to his grandmother, who is also in a wheelchair. And his need for 24-hour care helps him relate to many other home care recipients. Like many older people, Chad relies on caregivers to help him elevate his independence.
“The more dependent I am on other people… the more I am able to get accomplished in a 24-hour time frame.”
Effective home care provides quality support to recipients based on their unique needs, regardless of age. Caregivers rely on coordination and communication with recipients to know exactly how to provide the best individual care.
Kelly Buckland, the Executive Director for the National Council on Independent Living, says that recipients of home care have the best insight into their own care needs. “People with disabilities really know what it is they need. So, they should be the ones determining how it gets done and by who,” he said.
Kelly, who is also a home care recipient, says that caregiving affects life outside of just the home. For everyone who relies on home care, quality caregivers play a huge part of their lives. Caregivers provide a way for recipients to live in their own home and help them prepare for the day. “If you don’t get out of bed, you don’t go to work. That’s how critical it is,” said Kelly.
For Chad, having reliable caregivers has allowed him to become a world-renowned author and speaker. He relies on his caregivers whenever he is away from home, which is around three quarters of the year .“The truth is: I could not travel around the world without caregivers,” he said. “It allows me to provide for my family.”
Chad and his family also benefit from home care by being able to focus on their intra-family relationship. When family members or friends take on the role of caregivers, they often replace their personal relationship to the recipient with a caregiving relationship. Home care allows family and friends to stay focused on the special aspects of their relationship. In Chad’s family, each member can still be themselves. “Home care has allowed my wife to be my wife and my children to be my children,” he said.
The majority of home care recipients are the elderly, but numerous others rely on the help of caregivers in order to accomplish daily living activities. These others include those with permanent disabilities and people who have temporary needs, such as a new mother or someone recovering from an accident. Each person has unique needs, and quality caregivers help maintain independence, quality-of-life, and safety, for everyone who receives home care.