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One Caregiver’s Story Can Stress the Importance of Support

Caregiver Stress in Tallahassee FL

November is Family Stories Month and the following story can help shed light on the impact that caregiver stress can have on individuals and entire Caregiver-Stress-Tallahassee-FLfamilies.

It all started two years ago when Danielle’s mother had been hospitalized after a serious slip and fall accident where she broke her hip and a couple of other bones in her body. She spent more than a week in the hospital before being moved to a nursing home to continue with her health care and some physical therapy.

When she was being discharged from the hospital and also from the nursing home, the doctors and nurses all express how important it was to get the right type of support at home. Danielle decided she would be there for her mother as long as she needed help.

When she helped her mother get home, get settled into her bed, and made her something to eat, it seemed like everything was going to be fine. Sure, she was going to need to take her mother to see a physical therapist several times a week, go to follow-up doctor’s appointments, and much more, but her mother was already making great strides. She didn’t see the reason to even consider the prospect of hiring a professional home care aide to help out.

The problem with this particular story is that Danielle had a full-time job and a number of other things going on in her life. She took a couple of days off when her mother was first discharged and sent home, but when she had to go back to work she helped her mother get into her wheelchair, make sure she had everything within easy reach, and thought that was enough.

Over time, it became clear that her mother was going to need a lot more support and care to help her along this path to recovery. One afternoon, her mother was trying to transfer herself from the wheelchair to the toilet because she couldn’t wait any longer and slipped. Danielle found her mother sprawled out on the floor in the bathroom and called the ambulance immediately.

She had re-fractured her hip and was going to need to start the recovery process all over again. This story highlights the importance of getting the right type of support at home for any aging individual who may be recovering from a serious injury, surgery, health emergency, or something similar. Sometimes, one person’s story can be enough for another individual to avoid making the same mistake.


If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Tallahassee, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552, (GA) 229-236-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia


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Brian Moran

Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.