What is Home Care and Why Do You Need It?
The trials that come with aging can be exasperated ten-fold when faced with the decision of whether or not your elderly loved one may need to go into assisted living or a nursing home. While it is important to acknowledge if your aging loved one needs the constant care of one of these out-of-home options, if your loved one simply needs some help in their day-to-day lives, considering home care may be the best option for both them and yourself.
Home care is a great option for seniors who wish to retain their independence and freedom, but need some extra help during their day.
But what exactly is home care? Home care refers to assistance with personal needs from qualified caregivers within the home of the senior who needs assistance. Depending on your loved one’s needs, personal caregivers can come to the home for a few hours a week or even live within the home full-time if your loved one needs constant assistance. Having a caregiver within the home can offer more socialization and opportunity for relationship-building as your loved one grows accustomed to their caregiver.
Some of the duties an in-home caregiver may provide include:
- Housekeeping such as cleaning and meal preparations
- Transportation for daily errands and medical appointments
- Personal hygiene
- Help using the toilet, and more.
Most caregivers will state upfront what sort of services they provide, but it may be worth it to discuss other options that your caregiver can provide.
In-home care is not just for your loved ones freedom and independence, but can be liberating for yourself as well.
Though you may want to help care for your elderly loved one, you may find yourself without adequate time, energy, or mental will-power to be there for them like you need to be. Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of those around you. Home care can provide a sense of freedom for you as you fall back into the role of loved one instead of an unofficial caregiver for your aging loved one.
Through home care, you are also ensuring that your loved one is cared for properly and to the extent they need. If you are the go-to person they call when they need help, your inability to be near at a moment’s notice coupled with your own daily tasks can be burdensome for both of you, and possibly lead to displaced anger or resentment as you both grow frustrated and tired with circumstances out of your control. By having a home caregiver for your loved one, you are giving yourself the peace of mind that your loved one is being taken care of and is in good hands.
Home care is a great option for many families and their elderly loved ones. It is always best to speak with your loved one’s doctor to gauge the amount of help your loved one may need. Contact a qualified caregiver, and begin the process of freedom, independence, and peace of mind.