One of the hardest conversations adult children may have to endure with their aging parents is deciding on home care. Independence is such a luxury gained at a young age and many elders feel this slipping away. No matter how you decide to approach this topic or if you decide to go an alternate route such as assisted living or nursing home, there are considerations to take in for your those you love.
Let’s first take a glance at what exactly home care is. Home care covers an extensive range of services that allow seniors to stay in the comfort of their home as long as they’re able. These services may consist of running errands, house care, cooking and even dressing and bathing. Depending on the provider, medical assistance may be an option. Providers should have professional and trained employees who work varying shifts to meet your parent’s needs.
Independence is an issue – and fully understood one – seniors may feel loosening from their grasp. However, home care providers understand this and do not want the elder to feel looked down upon or less dependent. Your provider of choice simply wants to help out in areas of need and some may even provide companion support which can ease any burden on children. In fact, your parent may feel more independent going out and running errands with someone beside them supporting them and providing suggestions and even laughs.
Other considerations to contemplate include: cost, availability, medical conditions/needs and social interaction. There may be more options to check out depending on your personal situation and you should always, always talk these over with a trusted provider. It’s a daunting task but your provider you choose should be there for you and answer any and all questions. If they can’t answer a question, they should be honest and find a solution.
Home care is actually a very economical solution for senior care depending on what you choose and how dramatic certain factors are. The size of the home, required services, distant from medical facilities are all options that affect cost. Also, the frequency of visits is another factor to take in. Companion care may be less than skilled professionals taking on more advanced tasks.
The availability is often a 24/7 service but always research and look into the provider you choose. You may opt for a private caregiver you trust or opt for a company skilled in this area. Home healthcare is a growing work category so there is wide variety of providers to choose from. Research is very important.
Home Care may be just and affordable for an elder who needs help with physical therapy, monitoring a chronic health condition, staying active or help around the home. Unfortunately, in some situations a long term stay-at-home solution is not practical or cost effective. Weighing available options and factoring in future healthcare needs are crucial to making the decision whether to stay at home. You can always talk with someone at Hands and Heart Home Care to discuss all needs and concerns!
Isolation is never and should never be a result of home care. Your trusted provider of choice wants to ensure your loved one has a variety of social interaction they feel comfortable with.
Choosing an home care provider is not a light decision but the friendly and skilled professionals and Hands and Heart Home Care want to make sure your loved one is taken care of!