Each day more families across the United States are seeking out care options for their aging loved ones. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are becoming overcrowded and, with the recent statistics on aging Americans, these facilities are only expected to fill faster.
The Administration on Aging states that by 2030 there will be approximately 72.1 million Americans over the age of 65-more than double from 2000. That means care options will be stressed, and assisted living facilities and nursing homes will continue to be cluttered. Fortunately, professional homecare is readily available, enabling aging adults to receive individualized care and the freedom to live in the comfort of their own homes.
The Homecare Solution
While the waiting lists at facilities grow, homecare agencies are taking on new clients to provide a wide variety of homecare services such as bathing, dressing, toileting, meal preparation, light housekeeping, and companionship. Homecare services offer aging adults the specific assistance they need, when they need it, while still being able to maintain their independence. Not only is this more satisfying, but seniors and their families are often surprised to find how affordable homecare is compared to the other options available.
Regardless of age, we all like to be at home. Your home is where you feel the most comfortable and safe. When aging adults are allowed to stay at home, they often thrive and respond better to the care provided.
Personalized Homecare Services
When aging adults receive homecare, their caregivers come to them. Their homecare providers are there to take care of their needs, make sure they remain healthy and happy, and help them around the house. That means they receive 100 percent of the caregiver’s attention and time-something assisted living and nursing home facilities cannot offer. This personal homecare is customized and tailored to the needs of the individual, whether it is 24 hours per day or just a few hours a week.
Homecare services for aging adults are very cost-effective. Not only do they receive one-on-one care, but also the cost per hour to have in-home care is more economical than the costs associated with assisted living facilities and nursing homes. This is due, in part, to the fact that these facilities charge additional housing and food costs on top of the care a person receives.
The most important aspect of homecare is the independence aging adults receive. They can stay home, obtain personalized care, participate in activities, and remain social on their own time. Home caregivers can take them to appointments, help with errands (such as grocery shopping), and attend social events. They have the freedom to remain in control of their lives.