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At-Home Care Supports Independent Living for Seniors
Today's senior citizens want to continue living in the comfort and familiar surroundings of their own homes as long as they can, safely and happily, near friends and family.
A 2006 study by a nonprofit senior care provider found that 89 percent of baby boomers want to spend their retirement years in their own homes instead of an assisted living or nursing facility.
For this reason, demand is growing tremendously for at-home care services. At-home care providers offer a wide range of services that can be customized to meet each person's specific circumstances and adapted as their needs and capabilities change.
At-home care providers work alongside families, helping them assure a high quality of life for their loved ones. Home care services give families freedom to be as involved as they wish in their loved one's care.
For families who are greatly involved in their loved one's care, at-home care providers offer respite care services to give the family caregivers some time away to take care of other responsibilities or take a vacation. And for dual-career families with additional responsibilities such as parenting----at-home care services can provide up to full-time care.
For instance, many seniors needing at-home care have chronic medical conditions that require ongoing management, so medical home care agencies can work in conjunction with nonmedical care providers to meet a senior's complete needs.
At-home care providers also specialize in serving today's more active seniors. They can help them stay connected with friends and stay involved in their favorite hobbies and community organizations for a fuller, more satisfying life.
At-home care services include:
- Companionship care. These services include meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, conversation and companionship, medication reminders, incidental transportation, grocery shopping, laundry, and recreational activities
- Personal care. These types of services include bathing, help with mobility and getting in and out of bed, incontinence care, toileting, feeding, and special diet preparation
- Technology solutions. A variety of devices can supplement at-home care to promote a senior's safety and confidence in living at home. These devices--such as monitoring, emergency response and medication management systems--also offer family members peace of mind.
At-home care providers, working in partnership with other senior care providers, offer seniors and their families a complete solution that offers seniors the confidence and safety to maintain independent living for as long as possible.