Aging in Place With the Help of An In-Home Healthcare Agency
“We raised our children in this home. I don’t want to live anywhere else!”
“I can no longer reach my feet when I shower.”
“Since my wife died, I just make a sandwich for dinner.”
As seniors age, they sometimes find it difficult to carry out their usual daily routines. By the time they reach retirement age many have been living in the same home for decades. Health issues can make it harder for them to handle some tasks alone, but the thought of leaving their familiar surroundings can be stressful and frightening. Furthermore, seniors who are able to handle most activities of daily living on their own may worry about the possibility of losing their freedom to do these things if they move to an assisted living facility. Some seniors can benefit from part-time support, whereas others may require full-time help. Home healthcare is a good option for seniors who are physically able to remain in their homes with assistance.
As one gets older, continuing to live at home is called “aging in place.” For most adults, deciding whether to arrange in-home care for their aging parents or place them in an assisted living community is a difficult decision. Researching options is a good place to start. Many seniors insist they don’t need help when they actually do. We’ve compiled a list of benefits to aging in place with in-home assistance; read on to learn more.
Benefits to Aging in Place with Help From an In-Home Healthcare Agency:
Comfort and Familiarity
Most seniors tend to feel and appreciate the freedom that accompanies being in one’s own home. A sense of security and familiarity with the surroundings allows them to feel more at ease and less vulnerable. At the end of the day, home becomes a place of comfort and fond memories for them.
Seniors evaluating options outside of their homes worry about losing their independence. With homecare, your loved one retains some degree of independence in many elements of their daily routine. They get to retain their freedom of choice and do things on their own terms with regard to meals, personal care assistance, socializing, and more in a safe, familiar environment. A professional caregiver can assist seniors who no longer have access to a car, by driving them to social events, doctor appointments, and running errands.
Seniors living alone are more likely to suffer from isolation and loneliness, which can negatively impact their health. Those who have lost a spouse or don’t live close to their loved ones are particularly more vulnerable to loneliness. Loneliness can lead to depression if left unchecked. A familiar figure, cheerful chats, and a genuine human connection are all benefits of having an experienced in-home caregiver for your loved one.
In a facility or community, it’s easy to get “lost in the crowd”. The quality of care may also suffer when the onsite caregivers become overwhelmed with residents’ care needs. However, you can choose to have quality home healthcare provided for your aging parents in the comfort of their own homes. This allows the caregiver to devote one on one time to your loved one’s needs, resulting in unhurried, gentle, quality care.
Being in one’s own home has a way of lifting one’s spirits. It’s a warm and welcoming place for family and friends to come and relax. Family members have peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are being assisted by a compassionate, experienced professional.
At a time when COVID-19 and its variants continue to threaten our society, many look for safe options for their senior family members. Aging in place with home healthcare, when possible, is a good choice that offers peace of mind. Allcare is here 24X7 to lend a hand. Call (919) 301-0236 today to schedule a new client in-home assessment with one of our knowledgeable RNs.
- Janine L. Wiles, PhD, Annette Leibing, PhD, Nancy Guberman, MSW, Jeanne Reeve, PhD, Ruth E. S. Allen, PhD, The Meaning of “Aging in Place” to Older People, The Gerontologist, Volume 52, Issue 3, June 2012, Pages 357–366, https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnr098