My family found Reliable Caregivers when we were at our worst: in crisis. Who knew that it would turn out to be the best of things!
My 83-year-old father had collapsed with severe colon infection. It was clear that this time, unlike previous issues requiring hospitalization that he could not be at home unless there was a professional caregiver on hand.
Thank God for Reliable! Owner Linda Leary met with us in person and zeroed in on our family dynamics, needs, limitations (and our strengths!) and was able to match us with a caregiver who fit in with both my parent’s personalities (which are quite different) and work well with both.
Our caregiver was able to get my father- a stubborn man- to cooperate with her and he more-or-less fell “in love” with her, coming to realize that having home help didn’t make him less independent, but more independent.
Not only was our caregiver able to attend to Dad’s nursing needs, enabling him to be at home, her presence freed up my mother’s time, so that my mother was finally able to attend to her own health issues and social needs. Our caregiver even helped Mom catch up on some of the light household tasks that had been left by the wayside while previously caring for Dad, such as sorting out the linen closet, helping make a list of home repairs that needed doing, and even hemming my father’s pants, which Mom simple hadn’t been able to get to.
But the most critical part was the caregiver’s combination of unobtrusiveness when not needed and absolute availability when she was needed. My parents both felt they could live their lives and do their usual routines without feeling intruded upon.
Linda Leary and Reliable Caregivers are astute in their practical skills, logistical handling, their compassion and sensitivity to the differing family dynamics, their monitoring and follow-ups. They listen to what you, the client, has to say, and accommodate, leaving you, the client, in control.
Thank you Thank you Thank you, Reliable! You helped my parents help themselves, thus enabling this long-distance daughter, living 900 miles away, to sleep at night!