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How Can Home Care Assistance Help You With Self-Care?

It’s estimated that there are 53 million unpaid caregivers in the U.S. helping an older adult. Of those, 89% are helping an older relative. More than half of the unpaid caregivers in the nation are helping an aging parent.

Here’s the problem with being a family caregiver. Almost six out of ten family caregivers feel that they don’t have a choice. Some quit jobs and forgo the income, retirement benefits, and healthcare coverage. Others reduce the number of hours they work.

As they spend more time helping their parent, these caregivers often push aside their needs to socialize, visit the doctor and dentist, and take care of themselves emotionally, mentally, and physically. Does this sound familiar to you?

Home care assistance is one of the best ways to ensure you have the bandwidth to take care of yourself. These are the things professional caregivers can do to ensure you focus on self-care.

Lessen Your Daily Chore List

Every day, you’re busy getting your kids to school, cleaning your home, driving to your dad’s house, and getting him showered, dressed, and ready to eat breakfast. While he waits at the table, you cook his breakfast.

After that, you have to wash dishes, put them away, and take your dad and his dad for the first of their daily walks. You have the carpets to vacuum, a bed to make, and sometimes the laundry needs doing.

It might be an errand day where you take your dad shopping. He might need to refill his prescriptions at the pharmacy. Back at home, you put things where they go.

There’s lunch to prepare, another walk to complete, and dinner to get ready. Once he’s eaten, you have to go home and cook for your children and help them with homework. It’s exhausting.

Home care aides can help lessen your load. You could hire a caregiver to help your dad at home while you run errands. The caregiver could do the housekeeping chores while you take your dad for a walk. You’ll have less to do, and that gives you more time to spend with him doing things that you both enjoy.

Respite Care Services

Have you taken a week off? You don’t have to go on vacation, but you should have a week to yourself. Sleep in late. Catch up on the pile of books you want to read or the movies and shows that have been building up in your queue.

Spend that week with your friends and family. While you’re doing things you enjoy, you don’t have to worry about your dad. He’s getting the help he needs from his home care aide.

Home care assistance is one of the best ways to have enough time for self-care. Instead of being the only person your dad can rely on, hire professional caregivers to help out. Get a list of questions from your dad and close family members and call an agency to discuss home care assistance today.


If you or an aging loved one is considering home care assistance in Tempe, AZ, please call the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Scottsdale at (480) 284-7360. We are here to help!

Golden Heart Welcomes Lisa and Yashica!

Golden Heart welcomes two new office team members. Left Photo! Welcome Lisa ( Office Assistant) and Yashica ( On Call Manager) today!

We are so proud of our team who makes it all happen. On the right photo, please see Lisa, Vanessa ( Lead Scheduler/Care Coordinator) Brittany, our Office Manager and Yashica. We are so happy to welcome our new members! #goldenheartscottsdale

Golden Heart Awards!

GOOD MORNING GOLDEN HEART TEAM! We are thrilled to announce that Dee won the $200 Visa Gift Card for the On Time EveryTime Bonus! Congratulations Dee! Thank you, Laurie and Rodney

Golden Heart Awards!

Golden Heart Senior Care is happy to announce that Kim M. has been awarded a Caregiver Award for service above and beyond. We have been caring for a hospice client for more than 3 years. Kim has been primary in coordinating a high level of care for this client. We cannot express our gratitude for her devotion to this client. Kim stayed for extended hours to ensure that she was comfortable and felt safe during her transition. This is what “Above and Beyond Care” is all about and why we are growing so rapidly. We do more than other agencies and our team cares more for our clients. Thank you Kim! Kim will receive a bonus for this award. Great work. Laurie and Rodney

Golden Heart Senior Care attends K2Adventures Foundation Summer in the City luncheon!

Off to K2 Adventures Foundation. First event in 2 plus years. So excited to see everyone and support this cause.

Congratulations Nicole Phillips of AZ Care Transport on your 1 year Anniversary!

From Nicole Phillips:

@azcaretransport celebrating all day long today! So many wonderful surprises!!!! I cannot thank my amazing family and friends enough for all of the love and support through this journey! Come have a cupcake or a cocktail with us. This year has been epic💕🍾🙏

New Hobbies Your Senior Can Try

It can be crucial for seniors in retirement to find hobbies they like. This can help them fill up their time and find ways to stay busy when their family isn’t there. It can be hard to take care of older adults because they still want to feel independent, and they may not want to bug you. If you want to ensure your senior who is aging in place is cared for while you are at work or taking care of your own family, it’s time to think about elder care. This might also help a senior keep a regular routine that includes time for hobbies.

Having a hobby and a routine is equally important, and it’s two things that elder care can help seniors with. If your senior needs to go out and buy supplies for their hobbies and can’t rely on you to drive them, elder care can help with this. If you have been looking for new hobbies to recommend your parents try out this year, start with this list.

Build Fairy Houses

If a senior has a yard, they can start building little fairy houses to place around their yard. If they have younger grandchildren, they can use these newly built fairy houses to make scavenger hunts for the kids. This gives the seniors something fun to do and allows them to interact with the kids later on. Hobby stores or online stores will have fantastic fairy house options for seniors to build.

Wood Carving

Not all seniors will have the space to do this, but if they do, wood carving can be a fun way to create little statues for their yard. If they love to garden, this can be something fun to do where they can see the results later. They can also start painting signs for doors and use wood burning to make designs. There are now wood-burning tools that look like pens that may be easier to handle and safer than other tools to use for wood burning. This is a hobby that needs to be done outside.

Sewing Dresses

A senior who used to love to dance doesn’t have to give up the passion. They can take it and use it somewhere else. For example, if a senior loves to swing dance but can no longer move the way they used to, they can learn to create clothing for swing dancers. This might be a fun and unique hobby that can inspire them to become more creative.

Arrange Flower Centerpieces

In the summer, a senior may work on gardening. If they have tons of flowers, they can start trimming them and creating arrangements for family members. This is a fun way to get outside and make a nice gift for others. They can also use them as their own decor for their house.

Dry Fruits and Flowers

If a senior owns a dehydrator, they can dry out fruits and flowers to do arts and crafts with. It can be a fun way to make decor for homes, like making wreaths for doors.

If you or an aging loved one is considering elder care in Chandler, AZ, please call the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Scottsdale at (480) 284-7360. We are here to help!