Home care allows seniors to age comfortably in their own homes while professional caregivers visit them to help with daily tasks. A home caregiver may provide the following services:
- Medication management
- Household maintenance
- Meal preparation
- One-to-one personalized care
Signs a Senior Needs Home Care Services
Caring for a loved one requires a significant amount of time and energy. Eventually, family members will need the help of a professional caregiver to meet the needs of their loved one. Moving into a nursing home or retirement community may be too shocking for an elderly senior who loves their home, and home care may be the best alternative. Studies have shown that seniors do better when they remain in their homes with familiar surroundings.
Seniors may need home care if they are:
- Having difficulty walking
- Recovering from an illness or injury
- No longer able to drive safely
- Falling behind on daily tasks and chores
- Struggling to prepare meals or eat
- Feeling lonely or isolated
- Forgetting to pay bills
- Missing appointments
- Having difficulty managing medications
Family members should take the time to consider the cost and logistical requirements of home care before making a decision. It’s important to ask for advice and recommendations from a reputable source.
What Home Care Encompasses
Home care is typically provided according to a set schedule. However, some providers offer emergency services and assistance with major transitions, such as relocating to a new home.
A trusted home care provider will:
- Consult with family members about scheduling, costs, and care
- Schedule an in-home visit
- Create a personalized care plan
- Coordinate a caregiver meeting
- Adjust the care plan or routines as necessary
Benefits of Home Care for Seniors
Assisted living communities offer many benefits to seniors who need some help in their day-to-day activities. The benefits include:
- Safe environment
- Wide variety of recreational activities designed to reduce loneliness and foster community
- Full-time care and support
- Reliable home maintenance and cooking assistance
- Variety of assisted living optionsv
- Privacy and comfort
Cost of Assisted Living
- Enjoy the comforts of home. Seniors who worked hard to purchase their home and decorate it according to their style will enjoy the familiarity of their surroundings. Elderly individuals can sleep in their own bed, watch television on their own sofa, and make their own rules.
- Receive one-on-one care. Seniors receiving in-home care have a dedicated caregiver who will provide their full attention on a daily basis. Caregivers won’t be distracted by other patients and seniors will receive the full value of the services they are paying for.
- Maintain independence. Seniors will have the freedom to create their own schedule and maintain a sense of independence and confidence in their ability to live on their own.
- Receive customized care. Home care services can be customized according to the senior’s needs. Services can range from live-in care, to full-time, part-time, and occasional care.
- Lower financial burden. Seniors can decide how much care they need based on their budget. Care can be provided according to a monthly budget and seniors can avoid the high cost of retirement homes.
- Shared support. A part-time caregiver will help family members ease their burden by taking over certain responsibilities throughout the course of a day or week.