Real Stories: Caregiving through the night

Todays post features a real-life story of how Encompass Senior Solutions helped a person and their loved ones through a tough decision-making process, ensuring each persons individual care needs were met. Names have been changed to respect privacy.

Janice was the primary caregiver for her husband in her home, but she needed overnight help to best take care of him. After a recommendation from her husband’s doctor, she contacted Encompass to assess the situation.

How did Encompass help your family?

They sent me a nurse that was absolutely incredibly wonderful. She was here at night with us and when my husband had to get up she could help him. In the meantime she kept my house spotless. I miss her a lot. She was very, very good and very, very kind. I would recommend her so highly to anybody.

How important was it for your spouse to stay at home?

It was very important. He really didn’t need assisted living too much. I could do everything for him, except at night. That’s when it was important to have somebody here, really. He now-and-then needed to get up but he couldn’t walk very well. He was heavy. He was too heavy for me and sometimes he needed medicines — pain pills and such — at night. It was very helpful to have somebody help at night. During the day we could manage mostly until the end.

What were the most stressful aspects of caregiving for you and how did Encompass help?

We had somebody from Encompass who was here on the last day. It was good to have another person help me react. They also had hospice here at the end and that helped.

Encompass Senior Solutions currently serving Omaha, Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa provides seniors and their families a complete understanding of the available care options and helps families maneuver through the challenges of the system. All Encompass services are directed by registered nurses or licensed clinical social workers with no long-term contracts. Contact us today for help with your senior care needs.

“Encompass Senior Solutions solves the problems families face in finding home health care providers they can trust. Providers who will focus on strategies that keep parents in their homes. To learn more about our health care services, visit http://www.encompass-home-health-care.com.”