The home health care Houston service is an essential part of the overall health service for bedridden people. However, it does put a significant burden on the home situation when it comes to looking after elderly parents or relatives.
This burden can come in two ways: one is the mental burden of looking after somebody every day and doing the same thing every day; the other one is financial. Even if a parent or relative is not in the home care situation, they are probably in a nursing home. Having a relative in a nursing home can be very costly. As the recession deepens and more people lose their jobs, it is getting harder for people to support their parents either at home or in a nursing home.
I was taken aback by a show that I listened to on the radio this week. People were ringing up and pouring their hearts out about their situations. It was a mixture of home carers and families supporting their loved ones in a nursing home. People were talking about becoming unemployed and having no income coming into the house, wondering how they were going to live, and also how they’re going to continue to pay for nursing home bills.
The emotional burden that this was putting on people was enormous, and families are finding it hard to cope. The one sentence that caught me was when a woman said that she almost wished her parents would die so that the burden would be lifted and she could get on with her healthy life. The pressure that somebody has to be under to say something like that must be enormous and very hard to understand and very hard to resolve. Especially where the relative is in a nursing home, and the only thing that will solve the situation is money, and where is the money going to come from? Nobody was able to answer that question.
I listened to the show for about two hours. I was glad that people had the chance to publicly raise the issue in the hope that something might be done. What I was disheartened about was the lack of possible solutions support that was aired on the show. There were very few answers to the problems people were having. Should the government step in and look after these people? Unfortunately, the government doesn’t have the funds either.
While it’s not a solution, but there is family support, there might be a way to ease the pressure, which could make a huge difference. Without families getting together to do what they can, it is almost impossible for one person to take on the burden. I don’t see any other short-term solution to the problem.
The one thing that people have more of is time. Because of the recession, more people are out of work, but also they should have the ability to give their time when in the past they didn’t. Just in the same way as children are being minded in the home a lot more as more people are out of work, the same should apply for the week and the vulnerable.