Who Says Seniors Have to Leave Home to Be Cared For?
Everyone probably agrees: The longer your aging loved one can stay in their own home, the better their quality of life. But then the signs of aging keep showing up … your loved one can’t get around by themselves very well, they need help with some daily tasks, certain health issues require ongoing attention. Needing help with daily life doesn’t mean they have to leave their home. In–home care services for seniors makes that possible. Look at the benefits and you’ll see why.
Home is where your aging loved one feels most comfortable and happy. They’re in familiar surroundings, in a home they’ve probably spent years and years in, surrounded by family and friends. They’re in a community where they know their neighbors, shopkeepers, grocery stores. In their home they’re surrounded by objects, furniture, mementos that have a history, they’re attached emotionally. Home is where their heart is.
To move your loved ones from the home they lovingly set up and where precious moments were shared, to leave behind the things and people they love would be disturbing to them at the very least –traumatic at the extreme. Isolation and depression and even declining health can result from such a change.
Most non-medical needs can be taken care of right at home, from help getting dressed to preparing meals. Here’s a list of some of the duties performed by personal care assistants:
- Bathing, dressing, grooming, personal care
- Cooking and serving meals
- Transfer and ambulation assistance
- Errands, shopping
- Transportation to appointments, friend’s home, activities
- Light housekeeping/Laundry
- Medication reminders
In-home care has been known to improve healing time, lessen trips to the doctor, increase mental health and feelings of dignity, and let seniors enjoy a higher quality of life.
Most non-medical and even medical services can be administered at home, thanks to accessible medical equipment, technology advances, and the growing number of home delivery services.
Personal assistants often work in partnership with end-of-life hospice care professionals who manage medical symptoms, help with social services, and provide emotional and spiritual support for terminally ill seniors and their families at home.
Who Can Receive In-Home Care?
Besides seniors experiencing a general decline in health, anyone with the inability to perform certain tasks – who requires care or attention or needs transportation – can benefit from in-home care services:
• Mobility issues
• Rehabilitation from surgery
• The after-effects of a stroke or heart attack
• Muscle weakness and frailty
An Affordable Option
Some of the costs for in-home care may be covered by long-term insurance policies or VA benefits plans. Medicare and Medicaid don’t cover the cost of in-home long-term care. Medicare will normally cover the cost of part-time or intermittent care from a home health agency after hospitalization or surgery. Visiting physical therapists and others can also help improve your loved one’s recovery. According to geriatric studies, when medical issues arise, recovery is faster at home.
Aging-in-place is a kinder, gentler way for older adults to live. Nobody wants to give up their independence and a place of their own. With home assistance, they don’t have to.