Home Care Helps You Live Independently for Longer
As we age, it becomes increasingly difficult to live independently. Afflictions like diabetes, arthritis, and neuropathy inhibit mobility. Vision and hearing declines make driving unsafe. And degenerative diseases like dementia turn the world into a terrifying maze. So in order to live full, yet safe lives, older people often need help navigating their day-to-day tasks.
But a growing number of older Americans – who watched their own parents deteriorate within assisted living facilities – aren’t ready to give up the freedom that comes with independent living. So how do we bridge the care gap for people who need a little extra help but still want to remain in their own homes? For these people, home care can be of great assistance.
Home Care is Flexible and Customized for Each Client
Home Care providers employ certified nursing assistants (CNA’s) and trained caregivers who provide non-medical care within their client’s homes. This could be help with everyday chores like meal planning and preparation, laundry, or light housekeeping. Caregivers could also assist with personal hygiene tasks like toileting, dressing, and bathing. Some seniors need help with grocery shopping and other common errands. And many seniors benefit from the simple compainsionship a caregiver offers. No matter what services these home care workers provide, they’re all aimed at supporting seniors as they continue to live their everyday lives.
Of course, no two people will have the exact same needs and that’s where the flexible power of home care really shines through. Because home care most often occurs on a one-on-one basis, there are plenty of opportunities for clients to provide feedback and for caregivers to adjust the level of care based on their changing needs.
What Kind of Clients Does Home Care Serve?
Home care is most often used by clients on an ongoing basis. It could be for as little as a few hours per week or as often as every single day. This regular care gives more fragile seniors the support and confidence they need to live on their own.
In some cases, seniors who already live independently need short-term help while recovering from an injury or surgical procedure. In this scenario, caregivers would provide help with everyday chores so that the senior could rest and focus on their recover. And once they’ve healed, the senior could then return to their independent lives.
Home care providers can also offer respite care to family caregivers so they can take a bit of much-needed time off from their own caregiving duties. This care is usually intermittent and takes place for a few hours at a time so family caregivers can run their own errands or just relax and recover. But no matter the scenario, home care is focused on supporting the needs of seniors.
How Expensive is Home Care?
While the idea of regular in-home care might sound expensive, it’s really not compared to the costs of skilled nursing care or assisted living facilities. In fact, a senior could save tens of thousands of dollars every year by using home care and delaying a move into a residential care facility.
Sun City West Residents Can Call Generations Home Care
If you or someone you love lives in Sun City West and could benefit from this style of care, Generations Home Care can help. We can answer most questions over the phone and can usually provide quick service quotes.
If you’d like to learn more, call us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or send us an email. We’ll start by crafting your own personal plan of care that will provide the support you need to live indepently for longer. We believe once you’ve experience home care first hand, you’ll quickly see all the benefits it provides.