Between now and 2030, 10,000 baby boomers per day will hit retirement age. By the time every baby boomer hits 65, nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults will be of retirement age. Along with age comes a host of health challenges and conditions, requiring medical care.
But today’s seniors and their families are seeking better ways to age gracefully. Research shows that nearly 2 out 3 older adults prefer to live at home. But with friends and family juggling more demands and responsibilities than ever, it’s becoming a challenge for many families to keep Mom or Dad happy and healthy at home.
What does home care provide?
The term “home care” is fairly wide-ranging, including medical and non-medical services like:
Also referred to as “non-medical” or private duty care, these services help seniors lead safe, independent and enriched lives. Tasks like laundry, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping and more encompass many elements of senior care.
Rather than rehabbing from an injury or after surgery by making several trips a week, a skilled physical therapist can come to the home of your loved one to assist with rehabilitation.
Sometimes injuries and other ailments make it difficult for seniors to complete routine, everyday tasks. With home care OT, a trained occupational therapist will work with Mom or Dad to improve those skills or find alternative ways to accomplish necessary tasks — all from the comfort of home.
Strokes and heart attacks can affect seniors’ ability to breathe, speak, swallow. In-home speech therapy can help improve or restore function.
Home Nursing Care
As allowed by state law, in-home nursing care is provided by Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) or Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs). Specific tasks may include health assessments including blood glucose, disease and treatment education, postoperative assessments, wound care, IV management, medication administration, and much more.
Home healthcare empowers families
Home healthcare has emerged as a powerful option for families seeking a better way to care for their senior loved ones. Not only does it provide exceptional medical and personal care for seniors, opting for senior home care can provide tremendous benefits for your family. Here are just a few ways home care is helping families stay happier and healthier:
It nurtures senior independence.
Whether your loved one simply needs help with daily tasks, or requires more hands-on, medical care, home care is customized to Mom or Dad’s precise needs. Rather than feeling trapped or helpless, seniors feel empowered and independent, playing a key role in choosing and participating in their care.
It can give you peace of mind.
You can’t be with Mom or Dad 24/7. While there are tools and technologies that can help you monitor your loved one, there is no replacement for actually being there. Home healthcare is the perfect supplement to the care you’re providing for Mom or Dad.
It can stave off loneliness.
Chronic senior loneliness is a prevalent condition among seniors that can contribute or exacerbate a host of other health concerns like high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and mental health issues. If Mom or Dad is living alone, senior home care can provide important daily, personal interaction that gives company and companionship to your loved one.
It can help prevent caregiver burnout.
Taking care of Mom or Dad can feel like a full-time job in and of itself. Add your actual job, plus taking care of your own home and duties (add even more to the list if you have your own kids), and it can feel like your days are going by in a flash.
This is a one-way trip to burnout, and it’s not good for anyone! Home care services can remove much of the stress and burden from your plate, so that you can care for your loved one but also enjoy your time together without stress. It frees you to build in time for self care and finding balance.