Home care for seniors is gaining popularity as a less costly alternative to assisted living and nursing home care. For people who prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible, hiring a little help can make that wish a reality. And for seniors who are still active and in robust health, home care services can handle tedious or time-consuming household tasks to free up time for fun, family, and friends.
1. Maximize your free time
The typical image of a home health care worker is someone who helps clients with bathing, dressing, feeding, and other basic tasks of daily living. But home care workers provide other services, too, that are primarily designed to save clients time and effort. Laundry, grocery shopping, meal preparation, and light housekeeping are common home care options. Hire them out and spend your hard-won retirement doing the things you’ve always wanted to do.
2. Give yourself a caregiving break
If you’re the one doing daily caregiving for a family member or friend, remember to take care of yourself by scheduling respite care when you need a rest. Most home care services in the San Diego area offer respite-care options, often by the hour or the day. One example is ComForcare Senior Services, based in El Cajon. The agency offers respite care as needed, along with household tasks and personal-care tasks such as mobility and toileting assistance, help with grooming and dressing, and medication reminders. A qualified respite care home aid can ease your workload both by giving you some time off and by giving you peace of mind that things will get done while you’re away.
3. Stay in your home longer
Most seniors prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. But gradual or sudden limitations on mobility, balance, and memory can precipitate a move to a care community unless there’s home help on hand. Especially if your family and friends live too far away to come by regularly, it’s important to have a reliable home care service to run errands and help with new or changing medical routines like special diets or new medication regimens. Services such as Visiting Angels have staff members who are trained to prepare special meals as required by your doctor and to remind you to take your medication. Think of them as your support staff on your live-at-home project.
You don’t have to live in your own home to take advantage of independence-extending home care services, either. Some agencies in the San Diego area serve seniors in independent-living communities, adding to the services that are already provided on site.
4. Hospice at home
End of life issues are fraught enough without adding a major move into the mix. Home care agencies that offer hospice services can be a boon to seniors who want to keep things calm, stay in familiar surroundings, and spend time with their loved ones rather than navigating a new environment during one of life’s most challenging times. A good hospice worker can also help family and friends know what to expect during the hospice process — a benefit to seniors and the people they love.
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