Choosing The Best Elder Care Solution

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Posted: 1/25/2018 2:16 PM by Interim HealthCare
There inevitably comes the time when every elder will need help to adequately care for themselves and their homes. This is caused by a loss of strength and mobility, diminished eyesight, hearing, and mental acuity—all natural effects of aging. The situation can become more urgent when combined with other common problems, such as: complex medication schedules, incontinence, loss of ability to drive, onset of disease or dementia, or after a fall or injury. 

Family Care—A Mixed Bag
Family members frequently take on the burden of elder care themselves. In some ways this is the very best and worst of options. It is the most affordable, and the most invasive. Caring for those who cared for us is an opportunity to show our love and appreciation. Aging is a relentless process; what starts out as a little extra work eventually transforms into a tremendous burden. Adult children caring for their parents lose the ability to go on vacations, often sacrificing personal and professional priorities to attend to elder care needs.

Nursing Homes—Every Elder’s Nightmare
Nursing facilities are extremely unpopular. According the the AARP, nearly 90% of elders prefer to stay at home as long as possible. Moving into a facility is a drastic change; elders are suddenly required to abandon the lifestyle they know and love, and feel like they’ve been thrust into a building with complete strangers, where one staff member is in charge of caring for dozens of residents. These types of facilities have a reputation for being both expensive and impersonal.

Home Care—The Gold Standard Of Elder Care
Home care services include: personal care, light housekeeping, meal preparation, shopping, errands, transportation, assistance with mobility, and companionship. Engaging professional caregivers to provide in-home care is the most well-rounded and beneficial elder care option, for a number of reasons:
  1. Scalability: Paying for elder care is a new expense. Paying for only what you need allows you to be efficient. Elder home care is available at any level. If you only need someone to help out a couple of half-days per week, providing primary caregivers an opportunity to address other priorities, or if you need to travel and have somebody take care of your parent while you’re away—we can do that. If you need help everyday, or even 24/7, home care professionals are responsive to changing levels of need.
  2. Lifestyle: A little bit of help enables elders to stay in the home they know and love, see friends, neighbors, and family, and attend church or other events in much the same way they have become accustomed. This goes a long way in maintaining happiness and vitality. Home care professionals can drive their clients to and from doctors appointments or elsewhere as needed.
  3. Peace Of Mind: When you know your aging senior is well cared for and all their needs are met, you can more easily focus on professional obiligations and your personal life. When you visit, the house is clean, and instead of taking on a lot of extra work, you can enjoy quality time with your loved one.
  4. Monitoring: Having a professional on hand who knows what to watch out for can greatly reduce injuries and hospital visits. Catch health problems before they become aggravated, monitor nutrition and hydration, and make sure all medications are being taken in the right amounts and on-time.
  5. Fall Prevention: The majority of falls happen at home, at night. Aging seniors never fully recover from injuries such as a broken hip. After a fall their lifestyle is drastically impacted, and the level of need goes up. Having somebody available to steady an imbalanced senior is the best way to prevent this too common setback from occurring.
  6. Dementia/Alzheimer's Benefits: Introducing unfamiliar environments and routines to the life of person with early stage dementia or Alzheimers often induces dramatic reactions. As opposed to being in a facility, staying at home, in familiar surroundings, goes a long way to minimizing opportunities for disorientation and stabilizing these conditions.
  7. Nutrition: Better than any cafeteria, home care professionals learn to shop and cook wholesome meals to the client's liking, while keeping an eye on nutrition.
  8. Low Risk: Our professionals are specially trained in elder care, carefully screened and supervised by a Licensed Registered Nurse. Elder Care services are is billed by the hour with no hourly minimums, contracts, or cancellation fees. 
  9. Companionship: Home care professionals stay busy with the upkeep of the home and elder care duties, but they are also considerate and kind hearted, eliminating loneliness and often becoming dear friends.

Ready to learn more?

Start by scheduling a free, in-home evaluation. We take all the time needed to answer your questions and help determine the amount of care required. Call our Albuquerque office at (505) 633 8620 or click the contact button above to send your request.

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