Encouraging Senior Independence Will Your Loved One Benefit from In-home Care?
After Jim passed, Mary’s adult children considered two options for their mother’s care. She could be relocated to an assisted living facility. Or, she could stay in her own home where she felt most comfortable. Walking around Mary’s 1979 craftsman-style house, you see and feel her love for family and decades of warm memories. To Mary, her house is more than a physical structure she and her husband Jim worked together to build. It’s a place where her heart lives – a place overflowing with children, laughter and celebrations. Mary loves her home, her independence and being active. From the beautiful morning sun that pours across her bedroom, to her daily strolls out-and-about with her dog and the chats with neighbors. She enjoys the frequent visits from family and friends. She adores her gardens. And she loves to bake her favorite home-made cookies for her grandkids. These days, Mary needs a little extra help doing all of the things she loves. For Mary, in-home care was a great option. When the time came to make the choice for mom’s care, her family agreed that the home built with love was the best place for their mother to thrive.
What are the differences between an assisted living facility and in-home care?
- An assisted living facility (a senior community) is generally a long-term residency for seniors that provides apartment style living with some of an individual’s daily needs met, such as: meals in a dining room, bathing and dressing, group activities, transportation, and medication management. Each community offers their own level of care (medical and non-medical), living space design, pet polices, culture and activities. An individual seeking an assisted living facility may have to visit several to find the best fit.
- In-home care (trained private duty caregivers) is a caregiving service that occurs in the comfort of the client’s home. This service is for seniors, people recovering from injuries, and individuals with physical or mental limitations. In-home care encourages independent living by providing assistance with an individual’s activities of daily living (ADL), such as: bathing and grooming, grocery shopping, meal preparation, house tidying, and companionship. It can be around the clock or for a few hours a day. An individual is able to live as independently as possibly in the comfort of their own home while receiving non-medical assistance (a literal helping hand) from a trained home health care aide. Care is often provided by the same person daily which allows for a greater level of comfort, security and independence.
Should Mary enjoy the benefits of independent living for as long as possible in the comfort of her own home? She says, “Yes.” Her family says, “Yes.” Today in-home care is the best choice for Mary and her family.
With people living longer, the in-home care option is increasing in popularity in the United States. It may be the perfect choice for your loved one, too. Here are some things to consider regarding in-home care:
- Independent Living… A client who receives in-home care has freedom of movement in the comfort and security of her own home among her own things.
- Family Time… A client who receives in-home care has family and friends visit anytime. There are no visiting hours when you live in your own home.
- Continuity of Care… A client who receives in-home care usually has the same caregiver, allowing the client to feel more secure and in-control of his environment.
- Happy, Healthy and Personal… A client who receives in-home care generally feels happy to have a caregiver assist them with daily activities and routines. Having the gentle one-on-one care, attention and companionship of an in-home caregiver has benefits: decreases depression and loneliness, increases positive eating habits, increases bathing and grooming, increases home safety and cleanliness – – these in turn help with a client’s overall healthfulness.
- Lower Cost… A client who receives in-home care chooses how many hours and the number of days care is needed – often creating a more budget friendly choice (compared to an assisted living facility) and reducing the financial burden for the client.
To help Mary live as independently as possible her family and private duty caregiver continually make her home environment an easy, safe and loving place to reside – – the addition of grab bars and handrails, using anti-slip rugs by the doors, removing small throw rugs and small items from the floor, ensuring proper lighting, keeping cords stored away, installing carbon monoxide detectors, disposing of trash and keeping a clean home, leveling outdoor pavers, shoveling snow and treating ice, checking that the home is not too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter, ensuring windows and doors securely close and lock, and installing security lighting outside. Her family, friends, neighbors, and church acquaintances also check-in often. Daily phone calls and visits keep Mary from feeling isolated and lonely and helps her feel more socially connected. And of course, the care she receives from her private duty caregiver allows her to be more independent and active every day.
Today, an abundance of seniors – just like Mary – are living longer and fuller lives. With a little help and lot of love, they too are enjoying the benefits of their home, their friends and their wonderful independence.
For more information about encouraging senior independence and to find out if your loved one would thrive with our in-home care service – Please contact Stay Home Senior Services TODAY!