Apr 18, 2017 by Glenn Savage
Nearly 70 million Americans care for loved ones who require assistance to remain independent. For most family caregivers, the challenges of caregiving can be kept in check over the short-term. This means that when a senior loved one requires help transitioning from the hospital after a surgery, requires help during an illness, or needs help a few times a week keeping up with the housekeeping or laundry, family caregivers are able to maintain a caregiving-personal life balance.
The challenge arises when the care becomes more regular, lasts for longer hours, or goes on for more than just a few months. When this happens many caregivers start to get burned out and begin thinking about assisted living facilities or nursing homes.
Despite the many obstacles in home care may present for family caregivers, 95 percent of seniors still want to remain in their home even if they need help to remain independent. According to the research, this is not just based on selfish desire. There are many benefits linked to in home care that should be considered before packing a senior's bags.
First, understand that family caregivers do not need to perform all the work themselves. Professional in-home care providers, like Comfort Keepers, can come alongside family members to lessen the load and share the burden, so-to-speak. They can provide care while family members take time off for a short-term respite. And, should the caregiver's or the senior's circumstances change, they can even take over care in its entirety.
In home care ensures that seniors are able to remain safe and independent in the comfort and convenience of their own residence. Many seniors require help with activities of daily living. In-home care provides the support and assistance they need. Care can range from housekeeping and laundry to meal preparation, transportation support, and personal care, such as bathing, grooming, and dressing.
Problems with medication are among the top reasons seniors end up in the emergency room and/or hospitalized. By the age of 65, most seniors take at least 5 different medications, and many take 8, 10, or more. Compound this large number of medications with difficulty opening or closing pill bottles, challenges reading labels, remembering when to take medication or what to take it with, etc, and it is easy to understand why medication management is such an essential part of senior's life. For seniors who struggle with any area of medication management, in-home care providers may literally be lifesavers.
Isolation and loneliness is an ever-growing problem in the senior community. From transportation problems to the passing of friends and loved ones, seniors often find themselves feeling, or actually being, alone. Comfort Keepers in home care provides seniors with healthy social interaction, cognitive stimulation, and a much-needed emotional boost. Caregivers do so much more than just perform physical tasks, they interact, communicate, and engage with seniors in meaningful ways.
In short, in home care is not just convenient for seniors, but it has many benefits that simply cannot be replicated in another setting. If family caregivers are not able to provide the amount or degree of care required, consider Comfort Keepers professional in home care.
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