As our family members age, their well-being and safety can become a significant concern, and deciding which kind of care they need can be a difficult task. At some point you have probably wondered if they need care that only a professional company could provide or if your family is equipped with taking care of your aging loved one. That reality will differ from family to family, but here are some pros and cons of in-home care to help guide you towards the best decision for your family.
Ease Financial Worries
Depending on your individual situation, keeping your loved one at home could be significantly less expensive than a retirement community or assisted living facility. Before deciding, be sure to evaluate their long term care needs. Do they require advanced care, 24 hour care, or only 1 hour of care a day? Do they just need help with ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) or do they require medication management or skilled nursing? These are all things to consider when you're making important financial decisions.
Aging in Place
Being in a familiar place brings tranquility and safety, especially to aging adults who have lived in their homes for many years. It provides them with a sense of control when they feel like they have none. Uprooting an aging loved one can cause a lot of stress, confusion, and disrupt their daily routines.
Can Be There When You Aren't Able to Be
If you are caregiving from a distance, care professionals can give you peace of mind. Think of it like being the quarterback of the team. They help guide families to the decisions that help your loved ones age well. Trained professionals can assess safety risks and make small corrections in the home--from removing a rug that snags on their walker or make recommendations for ambulatory assistance.
Dietary and Nutrition Support
Is your loved one receiving the nutrition they need to stay happy and healthy? Aging adults recently discharged from a hospital or nursing facility are likely to be at-risk for nutrition support. Aging, bed rest, injury and illness can all lead to loss of lean body mass. In-home care assistance may include meal prep and nutritional counseling.
Research shows aging adults stay healthier with social engagement! Caregivers can become trusted friends who play card games, go on walks, read, and provide transportation to social events.
Finding Quality Care Can Be Daunting
We've all heard a horror story or two about poor care being administered. This can lead to being stressed and worried 24/7 because you are not able to monitor how your loved one is being cared for. But there is no need to worry -- quality in home care is available! There are wonderful associations that provide exemplary service, such as the Aging Life Care Association. ALCA members must meet stringent education, experience, and certification requirements of the organization, and all members are required to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. To start your search for an in-home care company, you can use this list to get a solid idea about what each company offers.
Privacy and Independence
With more people in the home caring for your loved one, they will have less privacy. This also means less independence for your loved one as they are forced to depend on the caregiver or you to complete tasks around the home. This can be a big adjustment for some aging loved ones.
Accommodating Their Home for Safety
If your aging loved one's home is not the best environment for their mobility needs, renovations might need to be done. This could require installing a wheelchair ramp, lowering the countertops, and modifying the bathrooms. Renovations are often very expensive, and could end up costing thousands of dollars.
Taking care of your loved ones is an important task. You do not have to do it alone! We hope this information helps when making a decision for your family.
Written By Jen W.
As the Marketing Specialist at Care Around the Block, Jen W. spends her day curating content and Ads, such as blogs, videos, and images to share on CABs social media platforms. She loves her doggo @artemistheamstaff and spending quality time with her son, Everett.