Senior home care support for choosing to stay at home
Families and seniors can receive the proper home care support for their loved one
As the population of folks over age 50 grows year over year, some trends are becoming stronger and clearer. One of these trends: senior home care. More and more seniors are selecting at-home care instead of a nursing home or other live-in facility.
Some common reasons for choosing senior home care might include wanting to remain in a family home, closeness with family members or community activities, and reduced stress through lower costs and not having to move. But the reasons someone might choose at-home care over other types of care are as unique as that individual themselves. At Comfort Keepers, our programs are designed to be customized for each of our clients, and to improve the quality of life of all of our clients.
If your aging loved one doesn’t require assistance today, it’s a great time to have the conversation with them about what their wishes are. For some families, downsizing on expenses and space makes life easier. This doesn’t have to mean going into an assisted living or other facility, but for some families, it could. Make a list of all the options that make sense for you and your loved ones, and talk through them one by one.
Choosing to stay at home can feel like an emotional decision, based in your loved one’s desire to maintain their independence and continue to live according to their schedule and their preferences. It’s important to think through the responsibilities of aging in place, and how family members, community members, and other support networks can be engaged. If senior home care is the right option for you, it’s time to learn what types of home care are available, and how they differ.
At Comfort Keepers, we offer a wide variety of in-home care services. Companion care means that a caregiver we match with your loved one based on experience, specialties, personality, and more will be present with them in their home, to help with daily needs and to provide companionship. We can also provide transition care, which is used after surgeries or extended hospital stays, and dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Each of these care types will be customized to meet your schedule needs, your loved one’s particular medical or health concerns, and any other concerns of you and your family.
Remember that the most important thing you can do to care for an aging loved one is to make a plan. Start having conversations about needed medical care, assistance that might help with daily activities, home maintenance, tax and insurance needs, and other important aspects of your loved one’s future. The sooner you can understand their desires and needs, the sooner you can start finding the resources that will help you honor their wishes.
To learn more about the senior home care services offered by your local Comfort Keepers team, contact our friendly staff today.
Comfort Keepers Home Care provides senior care services in the following cities and neighborhoods in South Dakota:
Rapid City, Sturgis, Spearfish, Belle Fourche, Lead, Deadwood, Custer, Hill City, and Hot Springs, South Dakota