Helping a family member adapt to growing older and the many physical and mental health conditions that this may bring can be challenging. No one wants to lose their independence or have to leave their home. With the option of senior care at home, they don’t necessarily have to. Staying at home has never been more possible than it is today and here’s why families prefer it:
Independence: Staying at home with the aid of home help services enables the elderly person to keep their independence and remain in a familiar environment. Being able to stay in their own home and continue with supervised everyday activities is important in terms of fulfillment and emotional well-being. For people with the first stages of Alzheimer’s, knowing where things are and remaining in their home where so many memories were made can also be a huge advantage.
Easy for friends and relatives to visit: Unlike in hospitals or nursing homes, there are no restrictions on visiting, not to mention that it’s a familiar, warmer and more pleasant place to visit.
Companionship: Senior care at home provides the elderly person with a friend at home to provide interaction and activity that is vital in retaining emotional and physical well-being. This is particularly important for people with Alzheimer’s. Most people are more likely to participate in activities when they have a companion to enjoy it with.
Tailor made care: Unlike services offered in senior homes, home senior care can be customized to the client’s specific interests and needs. This can range from help with daily activities such as bathing and shopping, to medication management and more complex and special needs.
Peace of mind: Allowing an aging parent or relative to stay in their own home with a qualified caregiver gives the whole family peace of mind and also enables each individual to maintain their own life which helps to reduce stress.
It helps their elderly relative to feel valued: The elderly population often feel overlooked and ignored but having someone giving them attention and interaction can make a huge difference.
Cost control: Making ends meet at a nursing home or assisted living can be challenging. Senior care at home can be a good solution. If the senior is living at home, but doesn’t require around the clock care, family members may choose to help on specific days and request a home caregiver on the other days.