meeting your caregiver

Help Is Coming

meeting your caregiverHelp is coming… Who is coming?

So you’ve decided to get help, and you have met with Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh and have a plan for the services you need.  But now a stranger is on the way to help you or your loved one.  Who is this person?  How do I let them into my home and close to the one I love?  What if I or my loved one doesn’t like them?  Relax, we’ve got this covered.

Who is this person?  At Seniors Helping Seniors we put a  lot of work into hiring the right person for the job.  We look for seniors like you with ‘the heart of a volunteer’.  We weed out the persons that see this as just a job or only a paycheck, and focus on the persons who truly have a calling for helping others.  Many of them have experience giving help to seniors, whether it be their own loved ones, through church groups, or as their chosen professions.  Many are already volunteers in the community who want to do even more.

How do I let them into my home or my loved ones’ home?  You’re going to let a stranger into your most secure spot, your home, with its precious possessions, and this person will be in close proximity to your most cherished people.  We know you’re concerned and you should be.  That’s why we perform a detailed background check that includes both criminal and health care registries.  And we insure our caregivers, so you can have peace of mind.

What if I or my loved one doesn’t like them?  So here’s the sticky point, right?  You or your loved one doesn’t like just anyone.  Dad doesn’t want some young whippersnapper who chews gum and listens to music the whole time.  Mom doesn’t want someone who never talks and doesn’t know who Doris Day is.  That’s why Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh is different.  First, we only hire seniors with hearts of gold.  These are good people from your loved ones generation.  They know who Doris Day or can remember when man first walked on the moon or what life was like without a remote control for the television.   Second, we go beyond just hiring good people, we get to know them.  We take the time to find out their likes and dislikes, their hobbies and passions, their personalities and demeanors.  We actually enter this information into our caregivers database.  Then, after we get to know you we select just the right person or persons that will not only provide help but provide companionship.  And a person you already know from Seniors Helping Seniors of East and North Raleigh will always be there when you or your loved one meets their helper.  And if you don’t like them?  We realize it doesn’t always work out as planned.  If you want a change let us know.  We’ll be happy to find just the right person you like and trust.  At Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh our goal is to provide the help that’s needed and provide some joy and dignity as well.

Kathy is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) who is active in several other senior related organizations, including Alzheimer’s State Champion program, Friends of the Northern Wake Senior Center board member, Ambassador for the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce, Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), Health Affairs Round Table (HART), and Senior Information Networking Group (SING).