Home Care, Extra Help for Your Loved One At Home
It is hard to watch a loved one get older and unable to do as much as they used to be able to do. Yet, at some point, the topic of conversation may drift toward moving them into a nursing home, so they can get the help they need. Many people will not want to go to a nursing home, so it’s best to consider other options as well. Depending on the level of care needed, it may be beneficial to investigate finding a caregiving, instead of a nursing home. The loved one gets the help they need but does not have to give up their home or their freedom.
The Benefits of a Caregiver
The main benefit of working with a caregiver is that the senior can remain in their home. They can have assistance throughout the day and night, as well as one-on-one attention and help. They will continue to live in a place that is familiar to them, so they do not have to worry about giving up their homes, to live in a nursing home.
With seniors, it’s often hard to live at home with reduced mobility or with the chance for their health to deteriorate. If no one is there and they fall or are otherwise injured, they may not be able to get the care they need right away. With home health services, the senior can safely live at home and have a caregiver available whenever they need assistance. There will be someone home to help the senior follow directions provided by doctors, to help if there is an emergency, and to handle the day-to-day tasks the senior can’t easily do on their own anymore.
Caring for an aging person at home involves various aspects, from help with activities of daily living to health care services that the person receives at home for an illness or injury.
Aging itself is not a reason to seek home aid services. However, a large number of seniors have severe health conditions that impair their ability to live independently. Almost half of the population aged 85 or older have Alzheimer's disease or some other type of dementia. Also, aging adults often experience different health conditions and injuries that require assistance and home care.
Persons with dementia or other chronic or debilitating conditions may be entirely dependent on others for meeting their basic needs. Caregiving services ensure that the seniors age with dignity and keep their independence as long as possible.
Home Health Care for Seniors
An increasing number of people decide to age in place, mostly because staying at their own home gives a sense of familiarity and independence they are used to. Yet, many aging adults cannot live alone in their homes. Depending on their physical and health conditions, many seniors require assistance with activities of daily living (ADL) such as personal hygiene, dressing, feeding, managing medication, preparing meals, transportation, etc.
Home care services aim to improve the quality of life, enable independence, and increase the elderly's safety. These services can range from companionship to medication management and physical therapy.
Home health care is typically provided by skilled medical professionals, and it includes services such as: Physical therapy, Occupational therapy, Skilled nursing and Speech therapy.
Home health services may also include monitoring serious illness, wound care for surgical wounds or pressure sores, intravenous therapy, and nutrition therapy. In general, home health care is intended to help the person get better or maintain their current condition, slow down the decline of illness, maintain or regain independence, or provide assistance with ADLs.
Deciding on the Care
People need different care at different points in their life. From helping a mom-to-be through a birth coach to helping parents and grandparents through quality caregivers. Those who have a loved one that they are starting to worry about have various options to consider, in-home care or assisted living in a nursing home. Both are valid options for many of today’s seniors, so the family will need to speak with their loved one to determine which option is best. This differs for everyone, so it’s definitely a conversation to have and something to spend time thinking about.
A nursing home allows the senior to get the help they need around the clock, and they won’t spend much, if any, time alone other than when they’re sleeping. Even when they’re sleeping, if they need help, it is available. This can provide peace of mind to family members. The downside, however, is many seniors start to suffer from depression when they’re moved into a nursing home, even if it’s the best one available. They have to give up their home and move somewhere that’s unfamiliar to them, and that doesn’t have all the comforts of home.
With home aid services/agency, the senior does not have to leave home, so they won’t be as likely to start suffering from depression. They get to keep the home they’ve lived in, get to continue to live where they’re comfortable, and still have access to assistance around the clock. They can receive many of the same services available through a nursing home but don’t have to go anywhere to get help.
Who is Eligible for Home Care?
Most seniors are eligible for home health aid as long as they can still live at home and don’t require constant medical care. Please see our Home Health Care service. Remaining at home with help is possible for those who have reduced mobility and need assistance with cleaning, food prep, self-care, and related services. It is not a good option for those who need to have a nurse with them around the clock, though it is possible to combine caregiving services with home health care in some cases. There are options for Alzheimer home aid available, so most seniors are able to remain in their home and in a familiar setting while still receiving the care and services they need.
Pricing for Home Care Services
Home care sounds fantastic for most seniors, but many families worry about how much these services cost, especially compared to nursing homes or assisted living facilities. The reality is, the cost is not that much different. There are options to help seniors pay for caregivers or health aids in some cases, such as through Medicare. Most families will find that it’s still an option even when comparing the costs to other services their loved one can receive and that it may be worth the cost to ensure their loved one’s happiness. After all, even if the caregiver turns out to be a little more expensive compared to assisted living, it is well worth for families to make sure their loved one is happy and comfortable.