Loss of independence can be one of the most frustrating things individuals go through as they age. This might also be one of the biggest disadvantages of obtaining care in hospice, rehab, or nursing homes. Sometimes this is the only option, but whenever possible, there are many advantages to receiving care at home.
A way to combat loss of independence while still obtaining quality care is to opt for in home care services through a home health agency. This is a great way for you or a loved one to be taken care of in the comfort of home where there is a better resemblance and continuance of normal daily life.
There are a variety of ways in which having a private caretaker at the home as opposed to in a facility such as a nursing home can help you or your loved one receive care while still maintaining independence.
Maintaining social life
One of the main advantages of having a caretaker such as a companion or home health aide around, as opposed to being in a care facility, is the ability for individuals to maintain the relationships and social life they had before.
Companion caregivers can often drive and accompany those in their care to activities, therefore being able to drive you or your loved one to the park and on errands. This is a good way to stay connected with the outside world and experience life, which can be very beneficial and a way to increase independence, rather than facing the isolation and frustration of being immobile in a facility.
Homemaker companions can also be there to provide individualized company, and can be there to provide emotional support or simply be someone to talk to. This can be more beneficial than being in a care facility and can provide a happier environment.
Maintaining Way of Life
Aside from the social advantages described above, there are many other aspects of our lives that make-up our normal routine and give us our sense of self and comfort.
From how we like to wake up, get dressed, and maybe throw on the morning news, all way to the smell of our clothes and home from our preferred cleaning methods & solutions. These all contribute to our sense of self, security, and the place we call home.
These are important aspects that help many of us in maintaining health emotional and mental state of being. Even with more serious conditions, a lot of this can be upheld, as an in-home caregiver can be the support a family needs to hold things together.
Even in instances where 24-hour supervision is needed and family does not live close enough to assist, this type of service can be arranged through a licensed home health agency.
This is especially helpful to those dealing with disorders such as Alzheimers or Dementia, who would benefit from being around familiarity and the comfort of their own home.
Removing Stress From Routine
As we age into our retirement, it is also very common for many of us to find a lot of comfort in having a daily routine. However, as some of those tasks get more difficult to perform on our own, their can become a lot of unrealized stress that can occur on a daily basis.
Things such as dusting off high areas, taking out a heavy garbage container to the curb, or scrubbing the floors can end up taking up much more time than we realize. Home health caretakers can be there to assist with any tasks that one might have more trouble doing, while still giving the individual space to attempt to do things on their own and not be overwhelmed.
This can help the individuals feel like they still have full independence and are able to do things on their own terms, but they also feel secure in that they have assistance whenever it might be needed.
If you are interested in learning more about at home caregiver assistance in the Palm Beach County area or would like an estimate of services, we offer a FREE consultation and care plan proposal.
Hiring professionals from Unified Pledge Home Health comes with the following advantages:
Level II FBI background checks of all staff
Driving history checks
Companions, health aides, LPNs are our direct employees and not independent contractors
Constant communication to patients, family, and care team
Registered Nurse supervision is ongoing with every care plan
Contact us today for a free consultation by Supervisory Nurse at 561-910-8770.