November is National Home Care Month
When compared to living in a facility, home care offers a greater level of independence to the senior adult. More families now have adults who both work, so there’s no one to stay home with an aging parent. So many agencies now allow patients and family members to choose their own home health aides. This growing trend helps patients and aides form genuine bonds, so families have peace of mind that their loved ones are in good hands. It helps ensure that caregivers can join fully in patients’ lives. ¹
The caregiver is there to help and give assistance when needed, or to encourage the adult to do as much as possible. Sometimes all that’s needed is a little assistance. The caregiver can give as much or as little as the senior adult desires. Being able to stay at home as opposed to being put into institutionalized care is a level of independence all its own. Home care has become the most popular choice of care for the senior adult. The high cost of assisted living and other long-term institutional care options combined with the long waiting lists to get in has got more families looking into the home care solutions. In surveys, most senior adults expressed their desire to age at home in familiar surroundings. Home care fits perfectly for these aging seniors. There is also the factor that home care comes in all levels, from daytime only to around the clock care; from part time to fulltime, from home care to health care. The flexibility of care type makes it a very appealing choice.
National Home Care Month also honors all those who assist the elderly stay in their own home. Often it is a network of people, including everyone no matter how small a part they play. For example, the neighbor who comes to shovel snow in the early morning, the little boy down the street who helps with raking leaves, and the minister’s wife who brings a loaf of fresh bread. All of these acts of kindness and helpfulness contribute toward the mental and social and physical well-being of the elderly senior living at home.²
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