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4 Ways You Didn’t Know Home Care Could Help

Posted by Anne Hein on April 19, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Nine out of 10 people 65 and older want to stay in their home as long as possible. However, many will need assistance to do so. That’s where in-home care comes in.

Home care helps seniors continue to live in their own home and continue to do all the things they love. Our compassionate caregivers can assist with personal care, meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping and running errands.

However, that’s only a fraction of what home care can do. Here are some additional ways in-home care can help older adults.

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Loneliness can affect someone’s emotional and physical health. Among older adults, 43 percent report feeling lonely on a regular basis. Researchers found lonely seniors were more likely to experience a decline in the ability to perform activities of daily living such as eating, bathing and toileting. Loneliness is also associated with an increased risk of death

Caregivers provide companionship older adults often desire. An in-home caregiver can engage with a senior to keep them socially and mentally active. At ComForCare/At Your Side, we take into account a person’s unique hobbies, skills and interests, and incorporate meaningful activities into their daily routines.

Get Older Adults Around Town

Transportation can be an obstacle for older adults. One in five seniors reports missing activities they like to do because of driving limitations.

Caregivers can assist with transportation to and from social engagements, religious services and doctor appointments. We can also help with grocery shopping, trips to the beauty salon/barbershop and other errands.

Prevent Falls

Every year, 2.8 million seniors are treated in emergency departments for injuries related to falls, and the majority of falls happen at home. Injuries can make it difficult for someone to live independently.

The good news is most falls can be prevented through home modifications and lifestyle changes. Many of our offices offer free in-home safety checks and fall risk assessments. Our trained professionals can look at all aspects of a person’s living conditions and make recommendations to reduce fall risks.

In addition, if there is a fall, illness or emergency, an in-home caregiver can make sure the person gets proper medical attention right away.  

Relieve Family Stress

While rewarding, caring for an aging parent or relative can be emotionally and physically demanding. Plus, everyone needs a break sometimes.

We provide what’s known as respite care. This allows family caregivers to take time away from their caregiving responsibilities to rest, relax and recharge while ensuring their loved one receives the highest quality care.       

We also offer special music-based programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. In addition, individuals with disabilities or those recovering from an illness or surgery can benefit from our services.

For more ideas on how in-home care supports independent living, download our 50 Ways We Can Help checklist.  

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle, Safety

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