Trying to find the right level of care for an aging loved one can be difficult. There are options out there, but we rarely know where to look first. With so many choices, knowing which is the right fit for you or your loved one is tough to figure out. In-home care is an option that is becoming more accessible these days. There are some signs that tell you in-home care is the best option; make sure you heed those signs. Best of all, in-home care allows you to know that you or your loved one’s needs are being met every day.
Having someone come to your home to provide care means that you don’t have to adjust your schedule. If you or a loved one goes to a hospital or long-term care facility, you must adapt and adjust to their schedules and way of doing things. In your home, you set the schedule and the care provider adjusts to you. You get personalized care instead of a one-size-fits-all approach.
Be Comfortable, Always
Everyone is more comfortable in their home, surrounded by familiar things, settings, and people. Having in-home care won’t disrupt that; you will always be comfortable and can focus on healing and getting better. Sleeping in your own bed, wearing your own clothes, and using your own facilities makes everything better.
Keep Your Pets
For elderly pet owners, their pets are often the only daily companionship they have. The pets become more than pets and are loved and trusted companions. Staying home means that they won’t have to give up their beloved pet or worry about their care while away.
The Family Stays Engaged
Home care allows the family to stay involved in the care and decisions affecting the health of the patient. They can have input in the care plan and help guide decision making so that the best possible care is given. Direct lines of communication are always open and personal relationships are forged.
Losing their independence is a big concern for seniors, and it should be. People don’t want to live their entire life only to have their freedom of movement taken away after being sent to an assisted living facility. Having in-home care allows you or your loved one to maintain independence and still make life’s day-to-day decisions. For those that can’t drive, at-home caregivers can drive them around to run errands and go to the places they choose.