Home care agency in Buffalo Groves helped one man manage the challenges of losing a beloved spouse and moving to a new home.
Buffalo Groves, IL March 2013 – ComForcare Home Care in Buffalo Grove helped make a difficult transition easier for one client and his family by providing home care and companionship services for an elderly gentleman following the death of his second wife and a recent relocation to Northern Illinois.
The family contacted ComForcare after the man’s wife passed away two months after the couple had relocated back to Illinois from Florida. The 80-year old man was currently living in an Independent Living Community but was still very unfamiliar with the surrounding area and was afflicted with several chronic diseases including diabetes and arthritis. His family lived nearby and was very supportive, but his two children were both challenged with balancing their own jobs, family, and other responsibilities. As a result, they contacted ComForcare seeking help.
ComForcare partnered with the family to create a personalized care plan that began with more comprehensive services and tapered off as the man became more acclimated to his surroundings and situation. In the beginning, home care providers spent long hours providing companionship and support as he grieved the loss of his second wife and the beautiful and familiar surroundings of his old home in Florida.
“We would encourage him to talk about his interests. He loved to fish, and we would often talk about that with him,” shares ComForcare Home Care owner, Valerie Svenningsen.
ComForcare home care providers also encouraged him to attend community activities and helped him make new social connections. He was introduced to other clients who would sit together at meals and help him make new friends.
“We recognize that this recent transition from Florida to Illinois was difficult, and then it became compounded with the loss of his wife,” shares Svenningsen. “Our goal was to provide him with companionship and support as he grieved and to help him become more comfortable, happy, and independent again.”
As time passed, ComForcare provided ongoing feedback to the man’s family about how he was adjusting. His home care caregiver would even call the family to let them know if he was feeling more lonely and the family would make visiting with the grandchildren a higher priority.
Since the man had been away from Illinois for over twenty years, he was still unfamiliar with the area. Consequently, ComForcare also provided transportation assistance for the man by taking him to his new doctors’ offices or out to shop as needed. Over time, he required increasingly less assistance as he regained a higher level of confidence and independence.
About ComForcare Home Care
ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty, non-medical home care services throughout the North Chicago area. Each office employs experienced, compassionate caregivers who make life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the comfort of their own home whether it be a private residence, nursing facility, or an independent an assisted living community. ComForcare offers home care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving its services.
ComForcare Home Care
1207 McHenry Road, Suite 218A
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089