Posted on Feb 07, 2018
The decision to invest in home care for your elderly loved one is monumental, and can be overwhelming. After all, someone’s life is literally in your hands, and you want to be sure you make the right decision. Is in-home care the right option? An assisted living facility? There might be many options available to you, and it can be daunting to decide which is the best fit for your loved one. For several reasons, investing in home care can be a more comfortable option for seniors. It offers a sense of freedom and independence they wouldn’t have in a nursing home, more control over their environment, and the opportunity for personalized care tailored to your loved one’s specific needs.
If you’ve been acting as your loved one’s caregiver, we understand how stressful and time-consuming that can be. You want to provide the best care possible, but might not be able to make the time investment, or be qualified to meet their every need. Especially when it comes to unforeseen emergencies, we find that family caregivers are often unprepared. A trained, professional caregiver will be able to take much of the burden off your shoulders. In addition to providing much-needed care and treatment, they are also trained in handling a wide array of emergency scenarios, so you can live a productive life without fearing for your loved one’s happiness and safety.
One of the factors often neglected when moving a loved one into a nursing home is the deprivation of their familiar environment. When it comes to seniors maintaining a happy mood and healthy lifestyle, the importance of familiar surroundings can’t be underestimated. While nursing homes might be designed to provide a general sense of comfort, each senior has his/her own idea of what it means to be comfortable, and oftentimes, that means their own bed, couch, living room, and so forth. Transitioning to the brand-new environment of a nursing home can be stressful and overwhelming, and actually detrimental to the health of your loved one.
It should come as no surprise that an overwhelming majority of seniors prefer aging in their own homes to an assisted living facility. Staying at home allows seniors to retain a sense of independence, and is a far less restrictive environment than other options. It allows them to engage with friends and family on a regular basis, stay involved in their community, and continue their day-to-day routines without interruption. A recent study found that 90% of seniors wish to age in their own familiar homes, and we couldn’t agree more. While an in-home senior caregiver might assist with daily tasks, their goal is to be as unobtrusive as possible, and to leave your loved one feeling as in-control of their lives as possible.
While an assisted living facility might provide each resident with a nurse, those nurses have many patients to visit each day, and may even work on rotating schedules. With in-home senior care, your loved one will benefit from the consistency of a single caregiver who is an expert in their client’s needs, and is always available should the need arise. At Senior Helpers, we believe relationship-building and creating a foundation of trust and companionship, is essential to exceptional in-home care.
If an in-home caregiver seems like the right next step for your loved one, get in touch with one of our experts to learn more.