Did you know that according to some reports, the population of those aged 85 and older is expected to triple in number between now and 2050 in the United States? On one hand, this is good news as people are living longer but it also points out the need, for many families, for more senior care.
While no one looks forward to the idea of placing one’s parent in a retirement home, that is the reality for many. However, more and more senior homecare services
companies are popping up everywhere making the hope for continuing to live at home more of a reality.
The senior home care industry (yes, it is an industry) is more advanced than ever. More than just a retired nurse coming over to check in on your parent from time to time, most services offer a wide range of care options.
Elderly seniors who continue to live at home are usually more happy, healthy and more at peace. This in turn takes away the worry and stress off the loved ones caring for them. Seniors who continue to live at home are able to hang on to their dignity and sense of personal freedom. The help providers work around the senior’s schedule, not the other way around.
True, some senior home care options are more expensive than traditional retirement home care, but this isn’t always the case. It really depends on the amount of care needed on a daily basis. For those suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, the costs could go way up, but the trade off just might make it worth it to you.
No one plan is right for all and you shouldn’t have to feel guilty that you can’t possibly be with your ailing parent 24 hours a day. If you’re not medically trained, it is essential that you get support and help from visiting nurse. Not only can a nurse provide the medical care needed for your loved one, but they can become a source of companionship and friendship for you and your parent. However, not every nurse is good with bedside manner, so when interviewing a potential nurse, be sure that they not only love their job but love the people that they serve as well.
Most seniors when given the option would prefer to continue to live in their own home rather than a relative’s house or a group home. With so many senior home care companies to choose from, this proposition is easier and easier becoming a possibility for just about every family.