Home Care Equals IndependencePosted by in Aging | Alzheimer's | Assisted Living Facilities | Cancer | Caregivers | Dementia | Health | Home Health Care | Long Term Care Insurance | Nutrition
Independence is a cherished American value. We have a home and usually want to remain living in it as long as possible. Quality of Life goes hand in hand with independence, for what is one without the other? Once we get into our 80s and 90s safety becomes a paramount concern How can these combine so that we enjoy our later years in harmony? Home Care is the option which brings it all together.
Safety * Nutrition * Hygiene
Companionship * Medication Management
Fitness * Transportation * Housekeeping
Respite Time – for family caregivers
These are all human needs that may require a little extra assistance to maintain as a person reaches into their eighties and nineties. Injury or Illness, physical or cognitive can have a minor or a profound effect on our ability to adequately care for ourselves – especially if we are living alone.
These are the things adult children worry about, especially when they live far from their aging parents.
Heart Disease, Diabetes, severe Arthritis, Cancer, COPD, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, a Broken Hip or other Fracture all make some daily tasks harder and even more dangerous for the elderly senior.
“Activities of Daily Living” – Bathing, Dressing, Transferring, Toileting and Feeding are necessary to maintain our being.
“Instrumental ADLs” – Shopping, Cooking, Driving, Laundry, Bill paying, Medication or Disease Management are some of the day to day things also required to maintain our existence.
All of these concerns can be addressed in an Independent, Assisted Living or Nursing Home Setting. Communal living has definite benefits. However, most of us prefer and hope to remain in our own homes for as long as is possible.
If you need some help to remain independent in your own home, then hiring and aide, companion or caregiver will help you to get your wish. It is best and highly recommended to hire from a licensed company which you have checked out and is known by a good reputation.
If you have Long Term Care Insurance, review your policy and examine your immediate needs. Then put them together and get help — short term or long term, hourly or live-in.
Certainly when recovering from a fall, injury or illness, it is only logical to have help. It is hard to have a “stranger” in your home but they will only be a stranger in the beginning.
Sure you value your privacy and your vanity… but do you value them over your independence and health?? That is a question to ask yourself.
There is plenty of help out there. Boca Home Care Services has individualized personal care plans for most types of situations. If you or an elderly loved one is in need of some assistance or help in the home, call and discuss your situation with a Geriatric Care Manager.
Like every other stage and challenge in your life, some planning is in order. Sometimes help is needed to get what we really want.
Explore your possibilities.
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