What Interim HealthCare Senior Home Care Looks Like For Elders

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Posted: 6/23/2021 2:09 PM by Interim HealthCare
Filed under: care, elderly, home, in, senior

There is a real aspect of aging at home, or “aging in place” as it is often called, that can threaten one’s ability to stay at home.

As we age, many of us will inevitably find that there are an increasing number of basic tasks that we need help with.

And that means having someone there to provide that help.

The Need For Senior Home Care if Growing

One of the major drivers in the growth of senior home care services is the increasing number of seniors that make up the U.S. population. Another factor is the almost universal desire of these seniors to be able to stay in their own homes.

An article at NPR noted,

“The overwhelming majority of the elderly will want to grow old in their own homes. Nine out of 10 seniors stay where they are when they retire, according to AARP.

While many elderly are in better health than previous generations, it will be a challenge to keep living independently as Americans also live longer than ever. This will be a societal challenge: The number of people ages 65 and older will grow from 13 percent of the current U.S. population to 20 percent by 2050, according to the U.S. Census. That's an even greater share of the population than seniors now make up in Florida.”

One issue is the prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease, which currently afflicts an estimated 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older. And seventy-two percent of these seniors are age 75 or older.

What this looks like in practical terms is that one in nine people aged 65 and older has Alzheimer's dementia, and almost two-thirds of those are women.

ADLs and What We Should Know About Them

However, even in the absence of dementia, navigating activities of daily living, or ADLs as they’re known in the medical field, can be a challenge as we age. This can be because of other illnesses, physical limitations due to arthritis or dysfunctional joints, or simply the normal decline from what we used to refer to as senility, or “getting older.”

The National Institutes of Health notes that,

“Activities of daily living (ADLs) are essential and routine tasks that most young healthy individuals can perform without assistance. The inability to accomplish essential activities of daily living may lead to unsafe conditions and poor quality of life.”

What are the standard ADLs?
  • Ambulating: The extent of an individual’s ability to move from one position to another and walk independently.
  • Feeding: The ability of a person to feed oneself.
  • Dressing: The ability to select appropriate clothes and to put the clothes on.
  • Personal hygiene: The ability to bathe and groom oneself and to maintaining dental hygiene, nail and hair care.
  • Continence: The ability to control bladder and bowel function
  • Toileting: The ability to get to and from the toilet, using it appropriately, and cleaning oneself.
When an aging loved one begins to experience difficulty in carrying out any of these functions for themself, this is a strong indication that some form of assistance is needed for that person to continue “aging in place” - at home - safely and confidently.

And this assistance can often be provided by paid senior home care.

Providing Senior Home Care for Your Aging Loved One

What Interim HealthCare Senior Home Care Looks Like For Elders
While this is not an exhaustive overview of the various support services an Interim HealthCare home care provider can offer, some of the more common - and essential - functions include:

1. Personal care

Does your senior find that bathing, washing their hair, or dressing getting harder to do? A trained and empathetic in-home caregiver can make these tasks go smoother.

2. Household chores

Are chores such as cleaning the house, doing minor yard work, laundry, or even grocery shopping becoming increasingly difficult? A senior home care provider can help.

3. Meal preparation

If your loved one may not be eating nutritious meals, is tired of eating alone, or has trouble just cooking and making a meal, we are able to give a helping hand. 

4. Health care

Picking up prescriptions, keeping track of medications, and even remembering to take prescribed medicines can become a potentially life-threatening challenge for aging seniors. Having an in-home caregiver to monitor these and give reminders can be a lifesaver.

5. Getting around both at home and in town

Older seniors often begin to find that they experience increasing problems walking or driving. Having a senior home care provider available to help them get around can be a key factor in preserving their sense of independence and quality of life in their own home.

In addition, there are dozens of other tasks, both large and small, that can be carried out by one of Interim HealthCare’s senior home care providers.

Interim Healthcare Can Provide Reliable and Compassionate Senior Home Care

We understand that not every elder requires senior home care.  But we also understand that, for those who do, senior home care can be a great way to provide safer and more enjoyable everyday living for seniors in Sonoma County.

 Interim HealthCare of Santa Rosa can provide your elder loved ones with both the independence and peace of mind that they need with our senior home care services.

Every person’s citation and needs are different, so not every situation requires the same solution. Which is why we work to provide the best fit for a tailored senior home care assistant solution. Whether that means having an in-home caregiver for just a few hours each week or each day, we can accommodate the changing needs of your aging loved one. 

Finding the right in-home care provider and service in Sonoma County is an important decision for you, and it is important to do what is right for both you and your aging loved one. You can be assured that, at Interim HealthCare, we know what to look for in determining how your senior parent or grandparent can remain safe in their own home.

One of the many ways we help your loved one remain safe and independent in their own home is by fully vetting our in-home assisted care professionals and conducting thorough background checks and drug screens.

If you or someone you know are in need of home care services, contact Interim HealthCare today.
At Interim HealthCare, we offer a wide variety of home care ranging from respite and assisted living at home, to Alzheimer's care, and much more.

To schedule your No-Obligation in-home evaluation, or to learn more about home care services, or to learn more about home care for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients in Sonoma County, select the red "Contact Us" tab to the right of this post or call our Santa Rosa office at (707) 545-4986.

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