Solace Concierge Companionship: Caring for the Caregiver

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**Thanks to Solace Concierge for sponsoring this post.

I have a good friend whose husband had a stroke recently. This gave me a first-hand look at how difficult it can be when a loved one is facing a medical issue. Eating out, traveling, and even days out shopping or visiting came to a sudden end for my friend, as she needed to care for her husband. She did a wonderful job of getting him to his therapy sessions and other medical appointments, but often in the busy-ness of everything he needed, her needs were the ones that were neglected.

With this experience so fresh in my mind, I was excited to learn about Solace Concierge. They provide help for those in situations like this, but unlike the “big box” companies, Solace puts its emphasis on caring for the caregiver.

 

Solace ConciergeHow is Solace different?

  • They don’t accept insurance. You can engage them on a concierge basis – paying a monthly retainer and then using them as needed. This setup ensures that your concierge team member will be chosen specifically with you in mind, with an emphasis on achieving a good fit for your family. You won’t have a new team member showing up at your house each time.
  • Solace specializes in non-medical care. Each of their concierge team members is extensively trained and is insured, licensed, and bonded.
  • While they provide personal, top-notch care to the client, their emphasis is on the caregiver. Solace recognizes that caregivers are often overlooked, and would like to help them get a bit of their lives back. They can care for your spouse while you spend a day playing tennis or visiting a friend. They can take your loved on to a medical appointment and sit in as another set of ears for the doctor’s report. They can stay at your home to let the painter or the cable guy in, while you’re away. They can walk your dog.
  • Solace isn’t a bridge to hospice or assisted-living. If you need heavy-duty medical care, you may need to look elsewhere. Solace focuses on ways they can make your life easier as a caregiver.
  • Clients aren’t necessarily elderly. Pregnant women on bed rest or someone recuperating from knee or hip replacement would be good examples of those who could benefit from their services.

As I spoke with founders Debi and Lora, their knowledge and compassion came through clearly. If you’re living in the northeast side of Marion County, or in Hamilton or Boone counties in Indiana, and you’re in need of a bit of caregiver care, I would urge you to check them out.

Life can be good as a caregiver. Solace can help make it even better.

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Are you a caregiver? Have you known someone who is? What were some of the needs you/they faced as a caregiver?

6 thoughts on “Solace Concierge Companionship: Caring for the Caregiver

  1. This would definitely meet the needs of many people who care for someone in their home. It is novel that they also cover younger people with needs. I will share this with others I know to help pass the word in my community that this service can be had. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful, caring organization. A few years ago, my church sponsored an afternoon where caregivers could bring their loved one to us and we would care for them while the caregiver could have 4 hours to do whatever he/she needed or wanted to do. Since most of the “patients” had dementia, we volunteers were specially trained in how to care for them. Basically, we entertained them (singing, playing games, doing crafts, etc.), gave them a snack, and would push them outside in their wheelchairs if the weather permitted. They all loved coming and some of them felt like they were getting a break from the caregiver! Those with diagnosed Alzheimers could sometime become difficult and that’s where our training helped out. There was always a registered nurse there with us which was a blessing at times. Overall, quite an experience.

  3. Having been a caregiver to both of my parents, I can tell you: caregivers need care. But few people realize that, and fewer still reach out to help the caregiver. Had I not had people who would listen to me on the phone during those years of caregiving, I might have lost my mind — seriously! It’s the most stressful job I’ve ever had in my life, and I’ve had some pretty stressful ones as a nurse.

  4. I like that they try to send the same person out each time. Our hospice service offers respite care, but that would involve transporting her to a facility. It doesn’t seem fair to send her off among strangers in a strange place, especially when she can’t communicate, so we would only do that in an emergency. We do use a home health care service outside of hospice for a few hours a day – that gives me a chance to run errands or just not have to think about it for a while. They help with personal care – showers, toileting needs, feeding, even light housework – but they don’t do anything medical. They’re expensive, though – $17 an hour – and Medicare doesn’t pay for any of that. As her account dwindles, we may have to cut back on how much we have them here, but they’ve been a big help.

  5. What a wonderful service these people are giving to the caregivers! Wish that they lived closer to our area, because I could really use some help. The best respite that I have had since my husband’s stroke is the weekly visit from my best friend to either bring lunch here or to just get away for an hour or so downtown to eat somewhere. Luckily, our hometown has at least 8 restaurant choices even though the town is quite small. My husband looks forward to seeing my friend as well, and he will often play the piano for here for a few minutes, which we all enjoy! It is a good exercise in both mental and physical ways, so much so that it counts for part of his recovery therapy. Thank you, dear friend!

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