It’s hard to face the facts that your elderly relative is entering a time in their life where they are struggling to accomplish daily tasks. This is usually considered a frail elderly condition, and they need someone with them part time or full time to assist. You want to be there for them, but admit that your schedule, your job and your own family demands make that impossible. That’s why so many family members of frail elderly adults are looking at senior care agencies to provide in-home assistance as needed.
Getting older doesn’t automatically mean that seniors need in-home assistance. Many elderly adults are healthy enough to take care of themselves for many years. However, there are also aging adults that succumb to health issues that prohibit them from doing basic self-care tasks. Examples include arthritis, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and other similar conditions.
Daily self-care tasks are those things that adults do to ensure they are healthy, safe and happy. It includes things like getting dressed and undressed, bathing, cooking, driving, shopping, home maintenance and taking medication properly. Some seniors are fine with some daily living tasks but need help with others. Most frail elderly adults need assistance with almost all of these things. If there are no family members to help out all the time, most seniors go to live in a long-term care facility.
Here are 5 advantages of home care for frail elderly adults:
1. Professional Caregivers
While loved ones do provide amazing levels of care for their elderly relatives, they can get professional levels of personal care from a senior care assistant. Most reputable agencies bring in trained aides that are licensed, bonded and monitored. It can be a relief for both the elderly adult and the family member to know that a professional is around.
2. Living in a Familiar Environment
Instead of going to live in a long-term facility, elderly adults can use in-home care to help them remain in place. Studies show that seniors who live at home thrive more than those who move. A senior care assistant can make it possible for frail elderly adults to age in place.
3. Keeps Family Members Together
It can be traumatic to leave family members and move to a retirement care center. When seniors receive in-home care, they can stay close to family members living nearby or even in the home. This is especially beneficial when one spouse is not ready for a long-term care facility but the other needs more care.
4. More Affordable
Long-term care facilities are expensive, making in-home care with a senior care agency even more attractive. Not only are senior care assistants more affordable that a retirement center, the personal care the elderly person receives from the aides is much higher than it would be outside the home.
5. Appropriate Transition
It may be that the fail elderly adult will eventually need to live in a full-time care facility, but that can be a real disruption in their lives and is often traumatic. Arranging for in-home care can get the elderly person used to professional care and surrendering some of their independence before a complete transition.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Homecare in Hoover, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...