In Home Care
When having to decide between living in an assisted living community or living at home, the majority of seniors choose to remain in the comfort of their own home. A study conducted by the American Heart Association found that 90% of people over the age of 65 prefer to live at home. Quality home health care is a great option for seniors who desire to live at home, but may have trouble taking care of themselves or everyday tasks that were easy to handle in the past.
Before choosing in home care services for your loved one, there are a few key things to research before settling with this option.
1. Cost of in Home Care
When choosing in home care, be sure to consider the costs that are associated with the services. Each senior has their own set of individual needs that will require a different amount of care and attention. Your senior may require medical or non-medical care, and prices will vary depending on this service. Prices also may vary depending on the amount of care your loved one needs. As they get older they may need more care than they may have required in the past. Be prepared for change in your loved one’s future, as in home care may not be an option later in their life.
You should also consider the cost of house maintenance, such as rent, utilities, and updates that will enable your loved one to live safely and more comfortably. Updates might include installations of ramps and bathroom support features, which will be beneficial to aging loved ones.
2. Home Modifications
The home your loved one resides in may need updating for the sake of their safety. Certain household chores that were once easy tasks may have become more difficult for your loved one to handle. Climbing stairs or reaching the top shelf of a cabinet can be a massive task for seniors. In order for your family member to continue living at home, making certain changes will allow home features to remain functional. If your loved one uses a wheel chair or a walker, widening the doorways will enable them to stay mobile. Also, if your family member lives in a two story home, moving them onto the first floor can prevent falls and accidents on the steps. Making these changes may not seem like they would make a big impact, but for your family member they will make all the difference.
3. Health Care Facility Availability
Does your loved one live near a hospital or health care facility? As they get older, their need for close health care will increase. Unfortunately, accidents and emergencies may occur, and depending how fast your family member can get to a hospital may impact the outcome of the injury. Ideally, their home should be as close to high-quality health care services as possible. Living near a hospital and having healthcare at home will be beneficial to your senior’s health, as they will have faster access to health care and someone to continually monitor their health and safety.
Choosing healthcare at home for your loved one can sometimes be a difficult decision, but these services will allow you to have peace of mind knowing that your loved one is well cared for.