Many elderlies choose to continue living at home rather than move into a senior living community. Staying at home may be the right choice if they only need minor assistance and if they have a close network of friends and family nearby. You may think about getting senior home care services if this is the case.
To help you decide, here are some frequently asked questions on home care for seniors:
Is it the right type of care for my loved ones?
According to Aspen Senior Care, Helpguide.org, and the U.S. Department of State, there are different types of services you can get for your loved ones. Older family members may receive home care services, enjoy Meals-on-Wheels, use door-to-door transportation services, and attend adult day care. To determine the right option for them, think about their health conditions, your alternatives, and budget.
What are some factors at home that we need to evaluate?
The accessibility and location of your loved ones’ home will help you decide whether it’s safe for them to stay and receive care at home. Does the location require a lot of driving to get to important places, such as the hospital and grocery store? You should also consider the modifications you need to do in the property to make it safe for elderlies. Furthermore, think about the risk of isolation. Is it too far away from you, other family members, and friends? When it’s difficult for your loved ones to leave home, they may feel isolated, which can easily lead to depression.
How can we work with home care providers effectively?
When getting the services of an agency, ask about the things covered by the contract and additional fees. If you’re hiring independent service providers, assess their competence by asking open-ended questions. You should also be specific with the services you want them to do for your loved ones.
Moving your loved ones to a long-term care facility isn’t your only option. When they are not ready (or don’t want) to leave home, you can get home care services from trusted agencies and competent service providers.