In-home care may be difficult for some people to accept. For a senior in his 70’s or even early 80’s, somebody who was fiercely independent most of his life, supported his family, helped friends out whenever he could, and was a great neighbor may have difficulty accepting his own limitations. Unfortunately, limitations often come our way more likely as we get older. Relying on in-home care could be the difference between staying safe and suffering a mishap and injuries.
Safety is something that all seniors should be focused on, whether they are home or out and about. Sadly, most of us don’t even think about our safety when it comes to daily life. We get up, rush out of bed, jump into the shower, get behind the wheel of our car, speed our way through rush hour traffic to get to work, run up and down stairs without a second thought, and never recognize the dozens upon dozens of close calls we face every single day.
For a person in their 70’s or 80’s, though, whose strength has declined, muscle mass is diminishing, whose balance is slipping away, those safety hazards increase with time. Having help, a person to walk beside them, could be incredibly advantageous. That’s what in-home care can do.
A senior doesn’t need to rely on somebody for full-time or around-the-clock care.
In-home care through an agency allows the senior to rely on somebody for however long they wish or need. For example, when you hire an in-home care agency to provide this personal care for a senior, you can depend on an aide for a couple of hours at a time, even for as few as one or two days a week to start.
This is a great way to transition an aging senior in your life to depending on somebody else. Yes, family is often the first line of defense people turn to for help, but what if family doesn’t have the experience needed for these situations? What if family doesn’t have the time to devote to this senior?
At first, many elderly men and women will turn to an adult child, spouse, close friend or even a neighbor for assistance. Even though that individual wouldn’t be able to promise them they could stop by at the same time every day, the senior will accept the help, however they can get it.
Over time, though, when they start waiting around and waiting around, hoping that individual will stop by, they may begin to try and do things on their own once more. Where is the safety in that?
Depend on in-home care when you need it.
For an older individual, safety should be paramount, but it’s not the only thing that matters. Quality of life is still essential, too, regardless of age, health, and other factors.
An in-home care aide through an agency can help seniors not only stay safer, but enjoy life and, (the best part is) the aide will be there when the senior needs and expects him or her.