Throughout history people have always preferred to care for their loved ones at home. Whether very young or very old, the multi-generational household is a constant throughout many cultures. However, for many families taking in an aging parent is not an option and moving into a care facility isn’t ideal, either.
In-home care is the answer for people who want to remain in their homes in spite of their need for assistance. Even though it is largely preferred over other types of care, in-home care has its challenges.
Deciding to remain at home
Simply making the decision to seek in-home care is a huge step in planning a healthy and happy future for yourself or a loved one. High quality home care is in great demand as 78% of homeowners decide to age in place. The decision making process can seem daunting. Even though there are many elder care institutions offering a comfortable lifestyle, many people faced with the day-to-day challenges of caring for loved ones prefer in-home care with a focus on maintaining independence.
To start the conversation, try asking some questions about activities of daily living. Are bathing and grooming presenting a challenge? Is meal preparation difficult or impossible? What about safe restroom use? Could a helping hand with housekeeping, laundry, transportation to appointments, and grocery shopping make day-to-day life easier?
Nearly 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day in the United States. While institutional care and senior housing offers viable options, many aging Americans and their loved ones place a high value on remaining at home, where they are most comfortable, throughout the day-to-day challenges they face.
Finding excellent in-home care
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the need for home health aides will continue to rise, with a projected increase in demand of over 48% between 2012 and 2022. A steep increase in demand makes finding excellent in-home care incredibly challenging.
Being able to speak about your specific needs is important. Many people seeking in-home care for themselves or a loved one are excited by the option of aging in place with the help of skilled and caring in-home aides. In many cases, there are only a few small tasks or daily events preventing a person from living at home safely and successfully on their own.
In addition to knowing which activities of daily living you may need help with, discuss potential future needs such as live-in care, on-going one-on-one support for dementia, and even hospice care. Knowing you can depend on an in-home care agency throughout a myriad of challenges is essential to your peace of mind.
Creatively overcoming obstacles to remaining at home
As the amount of covered services declines, in-home care experts do their best to work within the authorized level of care. Helping patients remain in their homes where they are happiest is our top priority.
Nurture a continuing conversation with your in-home care aide about covered services, changes in authorized levels of care, and what you can do to help them be as effective as possible during the time they are caring for you or your loved one.
Medical technology can shorten or eliminate hospital stays. Options for providers are increasing, and patients benefit from embracing new technologies. Communicating a patient’s wants and needs with a team of doctors that is enthused about in-home care is important for the family and friends of a patient. Ask your medical caregivers about new technologies like Telehealth and point-of-care units.
By making day-to-day tasks easier for the patient, in-home care can fill the gap between hospital care and total independence. Be sure to discuss those needs during your consultation. Our customized care plans are specially designed to meet the needs of our clients.
For more information on how you can access valuable in-home care services, please contact us today.