The terminology in home care is one that defines any care that people can have in their own home rather than having to be moved to an assisted living facility. When we get old and can’t completely care for ourselves, who wants to have to leave the comfort of our own home where all of our memories and personal belongings reside?
Going to any kind of facility outside the home is nobody’s idea of the perfect way to end our lives. Staying at home, but with the assistance of in home care when needed, is a much better way. After all, we spend our best years setting up the perfect home for our family and ourselves, why spend our final years in a cold sterile assisted living facility rather than in our own home?
Members of the sandwich generation who have to make the choice between assisted living and home care for a loved one have a difficult decision facing them. Not only do they have aging parents, but as a member of this particular generation, they also have children to care for as well. With a young family to take care of, they often are unable to move a parent into their own home and care for them themselves due to available space reasons and time constraints. Essentially, they are sandwiched between their aging parents and their kids and find themselves desperately searching for assisted living alternatives.
On the other hand, if their parent is unable to care for themselves and effectively handle day-to-day tasks like cooking, cleaning, bathing and getting around, they need home care as one of their assisted living alternatives. If you are faced with this difficult decision, turn to Home Care Assistance of Utah for help.
If you’re a member of the sandwich generation, you owe it to yourself, your family and your elderly loved one to contact Home Care Assistance of Utah for the assistance that you need with providing expert home care.
More and more baby boomers are now elderly, and the need for assistance with home care can’t be ignored. Studies have shown that over 22 million households had a non family caregiver providing in home care to a family member over 50.
None of us want to admit that we are getting older and due to health issues, may need assistance with everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning and even bathing and dressing. The idea of going to a nursing home, or even an assisted living facility scares people a great deal. Often times when a senior citizen is moved to a nursing facility, their health declines rapidly even to the point of early death.
It is many times difficult for the adult family member to care for the aging parent and still have time to care for their own children and family. This is where non family caregivers come in to the picture. Many families utilize paid caregivers in their home because the older adults prefer that their personal cares be done by someone other than a family member, and they are able to pay for the services.
In addition to being able to stay in their own home, the older adult is able to enjoy a certain sense of freedom and independence when they have someone to provide assistance with daily tasks and also getting around.
There are many assisted living alternatives if one does a little research. Because of all the population that is getting older, there has been a dramatic increase in the area of in home care services being offered.
Unfortunately, most state and county agencies will only pay assistance if the elderly or disabled person is residing in a nursing home or assisted living facility. The ironic thing is that it costs exponentially more to house a person in a nursing facility, than it is to have a trained aide come into the home or even provide live in services to the elderly person.
A typical day where in home care services are provided may include, but not limited to. The aide may help the client out of bed and assist with bathing, dressing, and cooking the meal. Then the aide may do some house cleaning, shopping, laundry, etc. The client may have medical appointments in which the aide would either transport them to the appointment or provide an escort if the client had other transportation provided.
Also, the aide may provide companionship to the older adult during the day, and then perhaps prepare the evening meal, do nightly personal cares then helping the older adult into bed.
The level of care and tasks provided can vary greatly depending on the needs of the individual person, but generally it is possible to provide home care services to fit just about every need of the elderly or older adult, thereby allowing them to stay in their family home.
Ben Tanner is a family and senior care writer.