According to a study conducted by AARP, approximately 90% of seniors prefer to stay in their own homes as they age. The amount of care needed by each senior depends on their unique situation.
As our loved ones age, they may need assistance to get through their day-to-day activities. For many families, placing their senior loved one in residential facilities is not an option. Many seniors want to receive care at home. In fact, according to a study conducted by AARP, approximately 90% of seniors prefer to stay in their own homes as they age. In-home senior care, therefore, provides an ideal solution for seniors that need a little assistance with activities of daily living to remain independent. Its also a great option for seniors who enjoy companionship and routine. When deciding how much in-home elderly care is right for your senior loved one, partnering with a reputable in-home care agency, like Comfort Keepers, can help you develop a custom care plan that is personalized to meet their unique needs.
Have a Conversation About In-Home Care
When determining how much care in-home care your loved one needs, remember to allow them to be part of the conversation. The amount of senior care needed varies from person to person. Some seniors may require more frequent and comprehensive care, while others may need less. Talk to your loved one and gauge how much support they think they need, and in what intervals. Engaging in a stress-free discussion about in-home care will facilitate a smoother transition when the time comes to have a caregiver in their home.
If your loved one is reluctant about in-home care, here are some tips for addressing care concerns from Family Caregiver Alliance.
Get the Opinion of In-Home Care Professionals
One of the best ways to determine how much in-home senior care is right for your senior loved one is by trusting an expert opinion based on an in-home assessment. At Comfort Keepers of Evansville, we initiate this process with an initial meeting, which can take place in the senior's home, at our office, or even in a corner coffee shop – wherever you and your loved ones feel most at ease. During this meeting, we learn more about your care objectives, address any concerns you or your senior loved one may have about in-home care, gather insights into your senior loved ones current living situation, gain a deeper understanding of any health-related factors that may impact care, and provide information on available funding options. The next step is an in-home assessment to see your senior loved ones home and living conditions. Once we get a holistic view our your loved ones current situation, desired services and needs, our team can make a recommendation on how many hours of in-home elderly care would be the most beneficial.
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In the majority of cases, in-home care providers in Indiana have a set minimum of hours per week required for their elderly care services. This is primarily to ensure the consistency and quality of care provided. The minimum can range anywhere from a few hours per week to daily visits, depending on the specific in-home care agency you are interested in working with. At Comfort Keepers of Evansville, the minimum number of hours we can service per week is three.
If you are considering working with a specific in-home care agency in Evansville, make sure that you ask about the minimum number of hours that they can provide service, weekly.
Authorizations from Veterans Affairs (VA)
Veterans or the surviving spouse of a veteran requiring in-home care may be eligible to receive in-home care and/or in-home respite care services from a partnering elderly care agency, such as Comfort Keepers of Evansville. In these cases the Veterans Administration will authorize the maximum number of service hours that can be provided under the covered VA benefit. At that point, the work of figuring out how much in-home care needed is done! If you think that this benefit applies to you, reach out to Comfort Keepers and we can help you with the process of applying for benefits.
Learn More About Comfort Keepers
In-home care has become increasingly popular in recent years because it offers a comfortable solution to those that need daily help but prefer to live in the comfort of their own homes. With the right amount of in-home care, your loved one can receive the assistance they need to maintain their lifestyle while retaining as much independence as possible. Working with a reputable in-home care agency makes it possible to create custom care schedules that meet your senior loved one's specific needs while giving you peace of mind that they are well taken care of.
To learn more about Comfort Keepers and how much care is right for your loved one in Evansville or the surrounding Indiana communities, call our team today at (812) 370-4956