Senior citizens often require additional care in their later years, especially if they are injured or otherwise incapacitated by disease. The traditional method of dealing with a debilitated senior has been to put him or her into a nursing or retirement home. However, this option can be quite expensive. Many seniors also prefer to reside in their own homes, wherein they can retain a much more active lifestyle. Likewise, by remaining in their own homes, seniors remain more in touch with neighbors, friends, and family members.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible for neighbors, friends, and family members to fully take care of a senior living at home. For example, adult children of two aging parents may be able to deliver meals to their house in the evening but may be unable to stop over in the morning to make sure that each parent has dressed and eaten breakfast. The amount of time needed to adequately care for an aging senior can become tremendous, especially if that senior has dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other illnesses which make the home environment unsafe for him or her.
However, in recent years there has been a strong push to keep seniors in their original homes. Various services have sprung up to meet this demand, including businesses which provide meal delivery, maid and laundry service, grooming and dressing supervision, hourly and 24/7 care, transportation, and even companionship. These services are much more affordable than the placement of an elderly individual into a fully staffed retirement or nursing home. Most importantly, senior home care provides family members with the peace of mind that their loved one is being well taken care of, even if that loved one is many miles away.
Senior care at home also provides one additional advantage to retirement and nursing homes: quality of life is maintained. Many seniors feel that their independence is lost if they are take away to a traditional care facility. With care being given at home, seniors feel a greater degree of autonomy over their own lives, a critical advantage since loss of autonomy often leads to depression. Also, senior care in the home can be implemented gradually, so that the senior, instead of feeling threatened, becomes accustomed to the caretaker or the service over time.
By implementing senior care in the home, family members can be assured that their loved one is being well cared for. Senior care in the home also alleviates the guilt and expense that often accompany the placement of a senior citizen into a retirement or nursing home.