Conversation with a Senior Care Expert
Jennifer Musket is the Regional Director of Home Care Assistance San Diego, a premier home care provider for seniors and older adults. We recently had an opportunity to talk to Jennifer about the growing need for home care in San Diego and how children of elderly seniors can cope with the stress and anxiety of caring for a loved one.
1) What is home care and how did you start in the home care industry?
Jennifer Musket: Home care is when someone receives services from a personal caregiver in the comfort of their own home. Caregivers help clients with bathing and grooming, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, and even transportation. Caregivers are also wonderful companions. Depending upon the level of care needed, a caregiver can visit clients for a few hours a day or actually live with them in their home 24/7.
I got my start in this business when my parents and I were looking for care for my grandparents. We were all frustrated by the lack of options when it came to high-quality in-home care. And my grandparents, like most seniors, did not want to go to a facility. So my parents decided to start their own company, with the goal of hiring the highest caliber caregivers.
2) What would be some of your recommendations for families who are struggling to care for elderly loved ones?