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What Families Need to Know if They Need Help Caring for an Aging Loved One
Mobility is one of the biggest challenges seniors face as they get older. Many older people would be able to avoid nursing home care if they had someone to help them with basic tasks and ensure they didn't get hurt in their own home. Family members often try to help but because they have their own busy lives, it can be difficult to spend as much time as necessary with their aging parents or grandparents. This is where home health agencies come to the rescue.
Benefits of Home Health Care
Getting medical care in the home is a cost-efficient way for seniors to live longer and remain in their own house. Insurance typically covers at least some of the costs of these services when they are an alternative to residential care. Some seniors, though, only need help with housekeeping and bathing. While services like this might not be a covered insurance benefit, they are very valuable to a senior and their loved ones.
Adult children who cannot be with their parents around the clock due to other obligations may be concerned they will fall or confused while they're away. For these families, respite care is a great alternative to assisted living even staying home to be a full-time caregiver. Respite providers stay with seniors for a predetermined period of time to give the caregiver a break so they can take care of their own business. Caring for an aging loved one can be stressful and this kind of care can help a person relax so they come back refreshed and ready to tackle new challenges.
Types of Services Available
While home health agencies may provide medication, change dressings and monitor medical conditions, home caregivers offer other necessary services to seniors and their families. A caregiver might prepare meals, transport a senior to their medical appointments or shop for groceries. Some seniors have nurses that go to their home to provide medical care and nonmedical support professionals who provide these other services to them.
Families have more options than ever before when it comes to getting respite or home health care for their aging loved ones. It's important to research the services each agency offers to ensure they are a good fit for the family's lifestyle and the needs of the senior. Older adults no longer have to look forward to spending their last days in a nursing home. Most seniors today can age in place for a much longer time with the help of compassionate caregivers.
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