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December 10, 2015

In-Home Senior Care: Dependence vs. Independence

Senior citizens are living longer and a growing number are choosing to age at home. In-home senior care services allow them to do so safely and confidently, seamlessly adjusting the services they receive to match their needs and health at any given time.

In this way, in-home elder care services help senior citizens age gracefully and maintain optimal health and independence at home for as long as possible.

In-home senior care services work in partnership with a senior's family and can help avoid much of the awkwardness aging parents and adult children experience as they begin to reverse roles. Seniors and their families find that in-home care services help smooth the transition, enabling seniors to better accept the consequences of aging.

Seniors especially appreciate that in-home senior care allows them to retain a good degree of personal autonomy in the comfort of familiar surroundings, while their children feel more at ease with in-home care knowing their loved one is under the watchful care of professionals.

Seniors and their children can further smooth the transition by planning ahead and sharing their wishes for the future before a health event or other change forces the issue. At times of crisis, aging parents and their children are understandably stressed, making it difficult to effectively discuss possible lifestyle changes.

Adult children also can help the situation by allowing their parents to make as many decisions as appropriate about their care and to exercise as much independence as possible.

In-home senior care agencies offer a wide variety of services that clients can select as needed. The services can be tailored to provide whatever amount of help the senior needs to perform the activities of daily living. Services include:

  • Companionship and care services, such as meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, conversation and companionship, medication reminders, transportation, grocery shopping, laundry, and recreational activities
  • Personal care services, such as bathing, help with mobility, incontinence care, toileting, feeding, and special diet preparation
  • Technology services, such as monitoring and medication management systems to provide security and care for seniors when professional or family caregivers are not present
  • Many seniors needing in-home care have chronic medical conditions that require regular management, so medical home care agencies can work in conjunction with nonmedical in-home senior care providers to meet a senior's complete needs.
    In-home elder care providers help seniors maintain connections with friends, as well as community organizations and hobbies that continue to give them satisfaction.

Elder care services also offer families respite services, taking care of a senior to give family caregivers a break from caregiving or to give them time to attend to other family or work responsibilities.

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