Bright Star Care - September 2018

CARING IN DuPage

SEPT 2018

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Care Is Nothing Without Companionship

YOUR PERSONAL I ZED PLAN INVOLVES A FR I END

M eal prepping, driving to doctor’s appointments, and cleaning are critical aspects of home care, but without companionship, our services become hollow. When you reach a certain age, you need to have something in your life that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. Most people think of retirement as the ultimate release after decades of hard work and sacrifice. When retirees envision it, the picture resembles something closer to a sandy beach than an institution. But calamities happen, and life doesn’t always go the way we dream it will. Retirement is sometimes spent in a care facility or at home with the assistance of family and friends. I can’t think of anyone who looks at taking care of family as a burden. Most relatives feel empathy for their loved ones, but that doesn’t make the situation any easier. Time spent caring for family means less time for the activities that make you whole. Maybe you’re taking care of your husband, which means you can’t go to your yoga class. Or maybe you’re supporting Mom and Dad, which prevents you from spending time with your own family as much as you need to. Not everyone can be a support structure for a family member, and that’s where we step in.

the individual where they're at in all aspects of life. Most facilities try to be everything to everyone, and while that’s admirable, it's often unrealistic. We want to be alongside clients in their most difficult time and find the best

lifestyle for them. From there, we can work together to discover what ideal care looks like and build a customized plan to help them live a fulfilled and engaged life.

The biggest challenges our caregivers encounter happen when a patient doesn’t feel they are worth a personalized home care plan. Most baby boomers are of the mind that a care plan designed to meet their needs is too much of an investment, and they don’t want to burden others with it. But everyone deserves to have a personalized care solution that addresses their specific needs, especially in retirement.

WE WANT TO BE ALONGSIDE CLIENTS IN THEIR MOST DIFFICULT TIME AND FIND THE BEST LIFESTYLE FOR THEM.”

I remember my grandfather always called himself a “grouchy old fart.” But if you found out what motivated him or presented a discussion on a topic he was passionate about, he’d light up. He loved classic car shows, so I always tried to engage him on his level and talk with him about it. Our caregivers strive to create this same environment of engagement and companionship for our patients every day. It’s not just cooking and cleaning; it’s developing a personalized relationship based on mutuality and genuine care. There is no one care plan that works for everyone. There are as many care plans as there are people who need help. No app, gadget, or formula can ever replace that.

Our caregivers and nurse case managers are focused on collaborating with loved ones to meet

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