While many grandparents play a key role in the lives of their children and grandchildren, there is a growing number of grandparents becoming the key carers of their grandchildren.
This can happen for a variety of reasons however the reason is almost a moot point when it comes to the day to day challenges of raising a child. The ‘why’ isn’t as important as the ‘how’!
The love and willingness of a grandparent can become the impetus to meet any challenge head on, and those challenges can be great.
Financial – when an older person has come to the end of their active income years, money can be tight, and we all know raising a child can be expensive! Thankfully there is more financial support from the government to alleviate this.
Health – as we get older the aches and pains seem to become more noticeable and often chronic conditions warrant assistance for the older person. Let’s be frank, keeping up with a young man who wants to play footie every afternoon can tax even the younger parents!
Times have changed – staying up-to-date with technology and education can make a grandparent feel ‘out of touch’ as so much would have changed since their raised their own children.
What hasn’t changed is the worry a grandparent feels when their grandchild is sick. And when it’s after-hours, the usual GP clinic is closed and everyone is tired and just wants to relax. The thought of a few hours at the local hospital can also be mentally draining.
And this is where the services of people such as those from Dial A Home Doctor can help. Provided the child has a Medicare Card, and it’s not life-threatening, a local doctor can come to the family home and see the child.
This House Call Doctor service can be accessed as easily as dialing 139999. In peak periods, there may be a wait, however waiting at home with a cuppa in the warmth of home is far more tolerable than the cold hard emergency room chairs sharing bugs with everyone else.
So, if you know of a grandparent looking after their grandchildren, tell them about Dial A Home Doctor and encourage them to call anytime they or their grandchildren need a doctor after-hours.
Dial A Home Doctor is a free bulk billed after-hours Doctor service – We Come To You.
*Home Doctor Guaranteed within 90mins. If you book online Mon-Fri by 4:30pm, Sat & Sun by 10:30am. We reserve the right to take more time in case of giving priority to more serious conditioned patients as we always attempt to prioritise young children and the elderly.
The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition