Home Care Services for the Elderly
Global demographics are changing rapidly. People are having fewer children, and later on in life. Seniors are living longer. These changes have given rise to the “Sandwich Generation” – the term that refers to adults who are caring for both their children and their aging parents.
According to Pew Research Center, “About three-in-ten U.S. adults (29%) have a child younger than 18 at home, and 12% of these parents provide unpaid care for an adult as well.” This is a key reason the need for home care for seniors is on the rise.
What are the Advantages of Home Care for Your Loved One?
When a loved one needs assistance at home, it’s only natural for adult children to jump in and help. Far too often, though, the caregiving responsibilities become overwhelming and difficult to manage. This is when home care can be a real lifesaver for your family.
When you call your local Visiting Angels® agency, you can begin the process of finding support and relief from the stress you are feeling. We know every family dynamic is different so we conduct a comprehensive consultation to determine what services will best suit your needs and concerns.
Home care is a global term referring to any kind of support or assistance provided by a caregiver in the home. With so many potential pieces to the home care puzzle, we work hard to customize a resolution that conforms to the needs of your family.
If you are wondering how home care can help your family find peace of mind, look at advantages of our home care services:
The Ability to Age in Place
Many older people are still capable of living in their own homes but may require non-medical assistance to help with everyday chores and errands. Our caregivers allow seniors to continue to live in the comfort of their own home while receiving support from a qualified caregiver.
- The Elimination of Worries
Hiring a caregiver can help to alleviate the worry family members experience over the care of their loved ones. Seniors, in turn, are made to feel more at ease knowing that a compassionate, experienced caregiver will be there to assist any time – day, or night. We always adapt our care to your loved one’s routine for a seamless integration into their regular schedule.
- The Ability to Thrive
Studies have shown seniors thrive when living in their own homes instead of in a nursing home. When they can age in place, it helps maintain their independence and even restores hope. Receiving assistance with anything from running errands to companionship to personal care makes a huge difference in their ability to manage their daily routines.
- The Ability to Retain Essential Relationships
When you become a caregiver for your aging loved one, you take on a whole new role. We know the challenges as there are only so many hours in a day. The more time you spend on the actual caregiving, the less time you have to focus on your relationship with your parent. Adding a home care specialist will free up your time, allowing you to focus on your parent and your relationship as you reminisce and build new memories together.
- The Ability to Combat Stress
For those Sandwich Generation adults, Dr. Katherine Nordal of the American Psychological Association says, “It’s not surprising that so many people in that age group are experiencing stress. The worry of your parents’ health, and your children’s well-being, as well as the financial concern of putting kids through college and saving for your own retirement, is a lot to handle.”
Once you introduce home care into your life, you will get a chance to not only breathe but reconnect to life in a more peaceful way.
How Our Home Care Can Help
Once you’ve come to realize the value and advantages of in-home care, you may start to wonder how a caregiver can help. At Visiting Angels, our focus is always on providing essential care that makes staying at home possible. We can help in a wide variety of ways, but some of the most common services we provide include:
- Meal preparation
- Light housekeeping
- Running errands
- Grocery shopping
- Medication reminders
- Fall prevention
- Transferring assistance
Our care plans are always designed to be flexible and adaptive. We know your needs may change, and we’ll be here to adjust as needed.
Our caregivers are available for both short- and long-term needs. We also offer 24-hour care. Whatever you need, we will collaborate to care for your loved one as if they were a member of our own family. We’re here to help.