Thursday, August 27, 2015

Exploring the Benefits of In-Home Care

Aging is inevitable. It happens to everyone. One of the main concerns of many seniors is losing their independence. They may be afraid to admit that they need additional help because they don’t want to move to assisted living or a nursing home. For many, these transitions are not logical because they do not need that level of care and it can be expensive. A beneficial next step could be in-home care instead as it meets seniors where they are at.

Stay in their home. With in-home care, seniors can remain in the comfort of their home. They are surrounded by things which are familiar to them and can continue to carry out many of the tasks they have become accustomed to. They are not sharing space with anyone else, it is private, and everything they need is there.

Maintain independence. Seniors can retain a great deal of independence. An in-home care provider can assist with select activities and tasks to make them easier and safer. Your loved one is still in control and can make decisions for themselves but has someone there to support them and give reminders or guidance.

Reduce stress. As a family member, you can get peace of mind knowing that there is someone checking in on your loved one and helping them out. You don’t have to feel overwhelmed by taking on all of these responsibilities yourself or feeling like you’re not able to do enough. It can also make the aging process less stressful for your loved one because changes are gradual and they are not being uprooted from what they know.

Enhance safety. Falls are a major concern with aging. An in-home care provider can help your senior navigate more safely and reduce potential fall risks in their home. They can assist with meal preparation, medication administration, and light housework, as well as being a watchful eye.

Customized care. You and your senior can work together with the in-home care provider to determine exactly what services are needed and how frequently. You can set a schedule that works for your senior’s needs and get them support that is most beneficial for their situation. Should they need more or less care, you can adjust things accordingly.

Your parent may be hesitant at first to allow someone to come in and assist them, but as they see the benefits it provides, this can help them warm up to the idea. Also, an in-home care provider is a source of companionship and someone for your loved one to talk to and who can take them on errands or outings. In time they build a connection of trust, respect, and friendship.

If you’re ready to see how in-home care can benefit your loved and allow them to remain more safely in their Asheville home, contact Always Best Care of Asheville-Hendersonville at (828) 989-7263 or visit us online. We provide high quality senior services to fit your needs and enhance your loved one’s wellbeing.

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