When is Home Care the Best Option for a Senior?
The majority of seniors prefer to continue living at home for as long as possible. Just like teenagers, they like the feeling of independence! The thought of paying for an assisted living community may also make them anxious, but there are alternatives. For some seniors, home care is the best option as they age and need help with some daily activities.
At Adult Care Advisors, we help families with aging seniors determine the best assisted living situation and adjust to the changes. When the senior in your life needs help but is not ready to move into an assisted living community, senior care at home is a viable option.
Why Home Care?
When the home they are in is comfortable and familiar, it’s hard for seniors to leave. Moving into an assisted living community is a big change and it may entail moving in with a stranger, leaving your friends, or changing locations. For many seniors who are relatively healthy and safe in their home, home care is the best option.
Not all home care is the same, but know that there is a home care service for every kind of need. If your senior has hip replacement surgery, for example, they can return home and a physical therapist will help with their recovery. A home health aide will tend to their home and daily needs until they can do it all again on their own. The senior recovers in familiar surroundings and sleeps easy.
Types of Home Care
There are two main types of home care options available for your senior:
- Licensed medical professionals – These home care providers include physician’s assistants, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and they work under the direction of a doctor to provide health care services to your senior.
- Non-medical paraprofessionals – These home care providers include home health aides, personal care attendants and senior companions. They provide some hands-on care and assistance with daily living activities and they also help with cooking, shopping, laundry, etc.
If you are weighing the pros and cons of in-home care and assisted living care, we can help. For many seniors, home care is the best option and finding the right providers is the key. At Adult Care Advisors, we guide individuals, couples and families through the decisions involving care and treatment of their loved ones as they age.
Get in touch with our team of senior care experts to learn more about home care providers and how they can help your senior stay active and healthy at home for as long as possible.