Home Care and Families
One of the greatest personal rewards I find in home care is the benefit to the traditional family. For many generations we Americans have lived most of our lives in extended families. By an extended family I mean several generations living, in my case, right next door to each other in a tiny farming community. Each family member took part in caring for any family member who needed it.
The world of today doesn’t seem to much resemble that picture even on the farm. We are a mobile society. If a member of the family couldn’t make it to Thanksgiving or Christmas we left a chair empty at the table as a reminder the family wasn’t whole. That didn’t happen very often. Today it seems just the opposite. It’s a rare treat when we do get everybody in the same place at the same time.
Home care will never be able to replace the loving attention provided by families. It was never intended to. What home care can do is supplement the care families provide and allow any family member, young or old, the opportunity to remain in the home with their family during recovery or for the long term. As it always has been, the heartbeat of the family is still reflected in each member. Home care makes it possible for families like ours to have a table with no empty chairs.