Most seniors would rather stay in their own homes for as long as possible and grow old in familiar surroundings, instead of going to an assisted living facility or nursing home. Moving to an assisted living facility means you have your own apartment, make new friends and access to help when needed. Those that move into nursing homes often do so when they become unable to take care of themselves. Many who do move to nursing homes become depressed and discouraged and see the nursing home as a place to wait until death. This loss of independence is one of the greatest fear’s elderly have and why home care is a good cost-effective option to choose where possible.
There are a range of different types of services available for seniors who want to be at home. Homemaker services include such help as cooking, light cleaning, laundry service, grocery shopping and other light household chores. Sometimes these services are all that is really needed and takes the huge time-consuming burden off the shoulders of family and friends.
Personal care services.
The next type is personal care services. These include assistance with bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming and eating. Some seniors who are still capable of looking after themselves need regular phone calls from a “buddy” or a daily visit for companionship.
Home health care aide
Moving along the continuum of home care options is having a home health care aide who will help with nursing needs, speech, occupational, physical or respiratory therapy, as well as social care or psychiatric care. Add to that, the senior community centers, adult day care centers or daily facility-based programs to meet the needs of seniors through monitoring or companionship during the day.
Looking after a senior yourself
For those who decide or the task falls onto them to look after their loved one, can find caring for their loved one to be time-consuming, physically taxing and emotionally challenging. In-home respite care is a good option for this caregiver to have several hours or several days off to do what they need or to recuperate and recharge physically and mentally. Respite care workers are trained volunteers or professionals who take over the caregiving role. Even if you do not take time away it is important to have a backup service organized in case of a medical emergency or other short-term commitments that come up taking you away.
Some seniors that require more consistent and intensive care are best suited for live-in help. This type of care is important when family members live a long distance away or when the primary caregiver cannot be there in person. Room and board and an additional salary are often provided in exchange for a meal preparation, light housekeeping, and other non-medical services. In-home senior healthcare has been a blessing to many families because it enables them to keep their aging relatives in their home and happy.