In the beginning, it may have been easy to care for your loved one at home. Bringing a meal two or three times a week or helping clean the house may not have taken many hours. However, as time marches on, it may become more difficult for your loved one to remain independent. Most seniors would like to age at home, in an area that is comfortable and familiar. To do this may place an additional time and energy burden, as you struggle to balance work and your own home life against caring for aging parents. There are significant reasons why hiring in-home care may not only ease your time and energy obligations but also keep you healthy and able to visit and enjoy your loved ones instead of always being the caregiver.
Home healthcare professionals are able to evaluate and assess the needs of your loved one in a way you are not able to. They come with a set of skills learned over the years that help them quickly assess and evaluate situations and determine whether or not immediate medical care is necessary, or if rehabilitation may help improve your loved one's ability. Health professionals can be there when you aren't able to, especially when you have a full-time job, family or live a distance away. In-home healthcare professionals are trained and qualified to assess safety risks and make simple corrections in the home that will reduce the risk for fall, burns or another injury.
Sometimes your loved one will require help with activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing. Having an in-home professional help your loved one will help preserve their dignity while maintaining a good quality of life. It is difficult for children to take on the role of the caregiver when their parents have trouble bathing, grooming and taking their own medication. Skilled in-home professionals will help support your loved one with a nutritious diet to stay healthy, and active. Aging, bed rest and lack of activity can contribute to a loss of lean body mass, which a nutritious diet may help alleviate.
One of the risks of living independently for seniors is they often live alone, reducing their interaction with others. While staying at home is often more comfortable, living alone increases their potential risk for cognitive decline and depression. Having an in-home professional increases their social interaction and provides a caring companion who may take your loved one for walks, to the movies, out for meals or other social activities. Depending upon the level of care required, your in-home professional can help do errands with your loved one, such as grocery shopping, or take them to medical appointments.
This focus on one-on-one support is a unique and meaningful way of building strong bonds between professionals and their clients, as well as providing care and companionship that may reduce the need for additional medical care. In-home healthcare is also a more affordable alternative to residential care in a skilled nursing facility. For many, a home health care professional is just the support needed to help manage caregiving responsibilities, avoid caregiver burnout and improve the care their loved one receives.
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Making the decision to bring help into the home may be challenging and stressful. Our goal at Harmony is to make the process as easy and smooth as possible for you and your loved one. Contact us today and we’ll get started finding an in-home professional to meet your needs and help provide the companionship and care your loved one deserves.