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As of 2019, there were over 674,000 citizens over the age of sixty in Orange County, California, and over 373,000 in San Bernadino alone. As the aging population rises, more families are in need of additional quality care for their loved ones.
Between changes in personal preference and the current risks arising from COVID-19, more and more families are considering the option of in-home care as opposed to traditional assisted living facilities.
Why is in-home care a better option for so many families? Read on to learn about the seven major benefits of providing your elderly loved ones with professional, in-home care!
Relocation stress syndrome is characterized by depressive symptoms like loneliness and hopelessness. Some people going through this may also experience feelings of anxiety. It is commonly believed that seniors who are moved from their home to an assisted living facility are at risk for developing these symptoms or other similar symptoms.
When you opt for in-home care, your loved one can remain in their current home while still receiving the care they need. In other words, things don’t have to change drastically–a devoted organization like Care Partners can improve your loved one’s living conditions in the comfort of their own home!
In-home care is a multi-faceted system of care that can be personalized to fit each of our individual clients’ needs. Some of our clients need light care, like medication reminders and housekeeping. Others require more intensive care including Alzheimer’s engagement or disease-specific support.
Medical aftercare or other, more specialized services, require a delicate balance of day-to-day care such as cleaning and meal preparation, pain management, and companionship. In-home caretakers are skilled in creating a peaceful, comfortable environment for clients during this time.
Personalizing your loved one’s care regimen ensures that they are getting the care they need.
COVID-19 aside there are often risks that come with seeking medical treatment in a hospital or assisted living facility. Those who are battling other illnesses are at an increased risk of infection. These confined and highly populated spaces may not be safe.
In-home care allows your loved one to receive the help they need in the safety and comfort of their own home. Caretakers can bring them to and from necessary doctors’ appointments without requiring a prolonged stay.
For elderly individuals who are used to living alone, or with a partner or child, living in an assisted living facility can feel stifling. The number of guests they may receive can be limited as well as the times when they are permitted to receive them. Many spaces, such as television rooms and kitchen areas, must be shared among residents.
In-home care allows your loved one to maintain their privacy and the discretion to determine when they want to receive visitors. Receiving care is much more palatable when it doesn’t require the total loss of privacy and independence.
While many seniors prefer to spend their final years at home, those who live alone are at risk of social isolation and loneliness. When these feelings are prolonged, they can develop into mental health troubles such as depression and anxiety. Coupled with pre-existing conditions and the awareness of their own limited time, serious cognitive and mental health issues may set in.
In-home caregivers arrive on a regular schedule throughout the week, providing a sense of stability and companionship. Our caregivers love what they do and develop personal, meaningful relationships with each of their clients. These face-to-face interactions do wonders for seniors who may spend much of their time alone.
One concern we often hear from family members of elderly individuals in need of in-home care is that they are unable to find safe transportation. Driving themselves is often out of the question and accessing public transportation may become difficult due to a variety of physical and cognitive conditions.
In-home caregivers provide a solution to this problem by offering transportation services. Family members receive the peace of mind that their loved ones are able to run the errands they need. As an added bonus, caregivers remain with their clients while they shop, reducing their risk of injury or confusion while shopping.
As family members age, it often falls on one or two younger family members to step in and provide end-of-life care. While at first, it may not feel like a burden, the increasing needs of loved ones can create a strain on their familial caregiver.
Over time, this care may become the focus of the relationship. In other words, family members tend to their loved ones out of necessity and their visits no longer feel social. This may be painful for all parties involved, leading the caregiver to feelings of burnout and the loved ones to feelings of loneliness.
When you work with in-home caregivers, that strain is removed from the relationship. Family members can trust professional caregivers to take care of medical needs and day-to-day needs, allowing them to focus on meaningful conversations and shared time when they visit.
If your loved ones live in Orange County, California, or San Bernadino, California, and need end-of-life care, Care Partners is at your service.
We offer comprehensive in-home care that covers day-to-day assistance like cleaning and meal prepping. We also offer services that focus on specific medical needs, cognitive care, and other programs that make the final transition easier. To find out if we’re the right fit for you and your loved one, contact us today.