As we age, life begins to become more and more difficult. The older we are, the likelier it is that we will need assistance, help, or care of some kind. Some of us will be lucky enough to live to a ripe old age with no assisted living whatsoever. However, many of us will not be so lucky. And as the large demographic that is the baby boomers enter their golden years, and as the average life expectancy is higher than it’s ever been, it’s time to figure out a comprehensive formula for senior care.
A long time ago, all families were expected to take of their parents and in-laws in their shared homes. That’s not practical for most people in today’s society. Several decades ago, nursing homes and retirement communities became popular. While some of these are great for some people, they have their flaws. All these ideas for senior care seem to overlook an obvious solution: what if seniors could get all the help they needed in their own homes? Is that practical? Is that possible?
Home care for seniors is both possible and for many, not just practical, but the most practical solution. Home care can come in many forms and can be tailored to the needs of any given senior. Whether it’s as simple as a care worker stopping by once or twice a week to help with some household chores and errands, or even just to keep them company and discuss any problems they may have, or if it’s more complex, home care is ideal for many seniors. But what if it goes beyond even daily visits to help with physical ailments? What if a senior needs around the clock care? Is home care still an option?
Live in home care
It is still an option with live in home care. Live in home care involves a care worker moving into the home of a senior who is in need of assistance. The care worker lives in the home with the senior (or seniors) to provide around the clock care whenever necessary. With this arrangement, you get the best of both worlds. You get the care and help whenever it is needed, just like with a nursing home, but you get to continue to live in your own home.
For seniors who require around the clock or complex care, live in home care is a great option. The assigned caregiver will provide personal, social, and domestic in home care and supervision at a level which is appropriate for you or your elderly family member. These home care services are also designed to help with the activities of daily living. Such assistance can enable your family member to remain in a safe, clean, and healthy home environment.
Of course, the first question many will have after reading this is, “How much will it cost?”. An exact amount is impossible to say because the cost will depend on location, the skill and experience required to render the necessary care in each case, as well as other factors. However, broadly speaking, it is likely more affordable than you think. To find out if a live in caregiver is the best form of care for your elderly loved one, please contact us today.