When you’re considering a caregiver for your loved one, the process can be so daunting that you don’t know where to start.
Senior Helpers of Puyallup, based in Federal Way, can help you!
Serving all seniors in the general Puyallup and Federal Way area, they ask the right questions to match clients with the right caregiver, and make the process as painless and stress-free as possible
“Our caregivers are not some random person. We work to match our caregiver’s personality to the client’s personality for the right fit. We don’t want you to worry about the process,” Owner and Director of Senior Helpers of Puyallup Harman Kaur says.
Inspired by personal experience
Growing up in a multi-generational household with a family that was new to the U.S., Harman found that helping each other and lending a helping hand were second-nature. “I was taught to respect my elders in my family. In my Sikh community, giving back to the community is a spiritual principle,” she says.
Harman was inspired to work with seniors after experiencing the benefits of quality caregiving when her husband’s grandmother experienced a stroke. “We had to get caregivers for her 24/7. She was partially paralyzed and needed tube feedings. It was so stressful. I saw firsthand how difficult it was to be a caregiver, but also how much they improve the life of our seniors,” she says.
“As the caregivers came in, they helped us get back to our normal lives and took care of our grandmother 24/7. It was a huge emotional relief to know we had that support.”
Medical care, short-term care and dementia care
Offering both medical and non-medical caregivers, Senior Helpers caregivers are trained and certified. Other options include Nurse’s Assistants and Home Health Aides.
Many caregivers are available short-term to help someone recover from surgery, take them to the doctor’s office, shop or cook meals for them. “We have one client who just wants a caregiver to come help them get dressed in the morning,” Harman says.
Staff also learn about the different stages of dementia and help clients focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do, a philosophy influenced by dementia care specialist, Teepa Snow.
“From my own experience, I always deeply instill in my caregivers that while there will be tough days, it’s important to realize the importance of what we do – our seniors are so reliant on us and many have no families left,” Harman says. “We must always provide the most compassionate care we can each and every moment.”