Many Seniors Feel Threatened By The Mere Suggestion They Might Need Home Care Of Any Type.
They just can not get beyond the feeling that by having a Home Care aide will take away their independence and is the first step toward leaving their own home. This is not the case. In fact, it is the opposite.
Here are six facts to know about Home Care:
1. It does not mean that you are sick.
On the contrary, this is an opportunity to maintain health by making things in life easier. A Home Care aide can assist seniors by preparing meals, do light housekeeping, or take them on errands or doctors’ appointments. If an elderly person lives alone, it is also a great opportunity for some companionship, someone to play a game with, or go for a walk. A commonly misunderstood fact: aides can do as much or as little as the senior wants them to do.
2. It will not diminish independence, as you will still be “the boss.”
Home Care aides do not enter the home to tell an elderly person what they can or can not do. Actually, the aide will follow a care plan carefully written by a Registered Nurse. In fact, the goal of all involved is to do whatever is necessary to maintain independence in a safe manner. As an example, by making sure a senior takes their medication correctly and eats properly, they are more likely to remain in place in the comfort of their own home.
3. You will not feel as if there is a stranger in your own home.
It is true that anyone is a stranger until you get to know them. However, most Home Care agencies diligently match clients with their caregiver and can rest assured they carefully vetted the individual. Many times, the family can even meet prospective aides before they start. This assures that the family has input on this selection. Over time, history shows that the caregiver and the senior will quickly bond and become close friends.
4. You can afford it.
For those seniors in relatively good health, a Home Care aide may only need to visit for just a few hours a day. With Home Care, the aide can come as little or as often as you want (or feel you can afford). In general, this type of service is paid for by the client or family. However, many there are some programs such as Veteran’s or long-term care insurance policies which will reimburse for Home Care services. While it may not be “cheap,” most people can afford it – and, it is substantially much less expensive than institutional care.
5. It is not an omen of worse things to come.
Many times, seniors see this and the beginning of the end. They think that a Home Care aide today means tomorrow will be time to “say goodbye house and hello nursing home.” The reality is that with Home Care in place, most seniors can spend many more years in their own home with the help of a professional caregiver. Putting Home Care into place sooner rather that later is imperative.
6. A recently released report shows the value.
This report provides exceptionally relevant information on the critical and growing role of professional Home Care in the United States. Furthermore, it shows the value and vital part of the solution to the challenges that accompany an aging population. In conclusion, it uses industry facts and data from trusted and credible sources, and stories directly from caregivers and the families they serve. Find this report and more at Home Care Association of America.
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