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FAMILY


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As our loved ones get older, the challenges of potentially complex health needs can mean that parents may become increasingly reliant on their children for support.


Some families can find this role reversal


tough, struggling to find the right balance between giving their parents the care they need without putting too much strain on their own home and work life. As time and infirmity progresses, families may


reach a point where they face hard choices and are forced into difficult conversations about the future. Can they look after mum or dad at home? Will


they be able to cope? Is it better for their parents to go into a care home? What will the impact be if they are forced to leave their home? These were just some of the questions that


Fred’s family faced when a combination of his age and medical conditions meant that they needed an extra helping hand in day-to-day life. Fred is in his late 90s and still lives


independently in Rotherham thanks to help from his children Elaine and Trevor and their families. However, the daily support Fred needs has increased somewhat over the past few years and his children wanted to ensure he was receiving adequate care. “Dad is a proud Yorkshire man and has


always been very independent. But while my brother and I did all that we could to help, neither of us wanted to feel like full-time carers – we


wanted to remain Dad’s children,” Elaine says. They knew that Fred would want to remain in


the comfort and stability of his own home but a short hospital stay forced them to look seriously at a future care plan. It was at this point that the family reached out


to local care provider, Visiting Angels. When it comes to the care of our parents, we


want only the very best and know the importance of having someone we can trust to take over these responsibilities. Elaine and Trevor chose Visiting Angels as


they pride themselves on consistency, having the same caregiver visit each week who has been matched on hobbies and interests. With all visits a minimum of one hour, they knew the service would be unrushed and tailored towards Fred’s need. “The Visiting Angels that visit my Dad have


already made a real difference to our family. It was important to us that we were able to choose who cared for our father and Visiting Angels allowed us to choose our caregiver based on


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Find out more about how a Visiting Angel can help Call: 0114 433 3000 www.visiting-angels.co.uk I


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‘‘Visiting Angels allowed us to choose our caregiver based on who would be more likely to bond with him’’


who would be more likely to bond with him,” Elaine says. Many families like Fred’s find the demands of


caring for their parents difficult to fulfill and their relationship can suffer due to pressure to run errands or take care of hygiene when they could be spending precious time together. At Visiting Angels they know that people are


happier in their own home and surveys amongst doctors have shown that home is also a healthier place for people to stay. By focusing on looking after their caregivers this means they have the very best caregivers available to support families like Fred’s.


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