Why Home Care?
The obvious answer: because home care enables you or your loved one to remain safely and independently at home with some degree of support. A trained, certfied and compassionate home care aide will assist with personal care and do routine household tasks.
Most of us feel best in our own home and plan/want to remain at home rather than move into congregate living such as Assisted Living Facilities or Nursing Homes. With advanced aging, physical illness or cognitive impairment, especially when living alone, it may be impractical and unsafe to do the shopping, cooking, laundryand driving. If there is a risk of falling or Dementia, then some assistance with showering, dressing and walking is also needed.
The amazing thing about having a home care aide is that once the newness is over and rapport is established, there are so many benefits to having home care that folks wonder why it took so long to get help!
Beyond Safety and Independence, a Trained Caregiver Provides:
- Companionship to ward off loneliness and depression.
- Reassurance to bolster confidence which may lead to faster recuperation.
- Fall Prevention to decrease chance of fractures.
- Improved personal hygiene and grooming.
- Better nutrition through improved grocery shopping and cooking.
- Respite Care (time off) for the primary family Caregiver.
- Better medication management through reminders or prompts.
- Social opportunities via transportation to events or doctor appointments.
- Support to the elderly spouse and busy boomer son or daughter.
- Help with walking and exercises as instructed by doctor or Physical Therapist.
- Encouragement and compassion.
- Less expensive alternative to congregate living facilities.
- Continuance of usual routine, and comforts of being in your own home.
- Requirement for many Long Term Care Insurance policies.
- Personalized one on one care or assistance which improves quality of life.
In home care is most often needed following a fall resulting in a fracture, surgery, hospitalization, or to manage a chronic progressive disease like Cancer, COPD, Congestive Heart Failure, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes or Multiple Sclerosis.