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Is Senior Home Care Worth the Cost?

Aging in place allows seniors to maintain a sense of autonomy while enjoying comfortable and familiar surroundings.

With the help of Dayton home care professionals, seniors can maintain high life qualities, have access to regular and reliable transportation, and benefit from companionship, cleaning, and home-cooked meals.

For families that take an active role in senior life planning, however, it may be difficult to determine whether or not the costs of these services are actually worthwhile.

Is senior home care worth the cost? Here are some things to think about before making a decision.

 

Senior Isolation, Loneliness and Depression

Even seniors who remain fairly self-sufficient and have regular support from family members can experience isolation, loneliness and depression.

It is not uncommon for adults over the age of 65 to feel a sense of loss or sadness as they age. This can be due to many factors, whether a loved one has lost a friend or spouse—and now feels lonely without them—or just because time passing by makes them realize how much life has changed since their youth.

It is important to recognize these feelings and provide helpful solutions that will help them feel better—this is where home care workers can step in.

Home care workers can provide companionship, help with daily tasks and provide emotional support to seniors who are feeling lonely or depressed. They can also help seniors maintain their independence by assisting them in getting out of the house for social activities or medical appointments. They can also take seniors on outings, help them get to and from important appointments, take them shopping, and ensure that they are living balanced and enjoyable lifestyles.

Although family members often have the best of intentions, important senior needs can go unnoticed over time. Moreover, seniors are more likely to accept assistance from qualified professionals than they are to ask for this help from their loved ones.

Fear of being a burden, embarrassment and a desire to retain independence are just a few of the many reasons why aging adults may not reach out to family members when in need of help.

 

Long-Term Effects of Family Caregiving

Caring for an aging adult can be a very demanding job.

Although many families have good intentions when they become a loved one’s caregiver, the long term effects often become overwhelming. In fact, many family caregivers are not able to provide this support without taking time away from work or leaving the workforce entirely.

However, when your family opts for in-home care, home care services are entirely flexible and thus, they can be structured to meet individual needs.

Here at Home Care Assistance, our professional Dayton caregivers can help family members better manage the full spectrum of their responsibilities and without significant loss of income. Conversely, family caregivers who take extended periods of leave often have to contend with significant reductions in income. Moreover, family caregivers have to consider the impact that these career changes will have on their long-term marketability and on their own retirement savings plans.

 

Is Senior Home Care Worth the Cost?

 

Caregiver Burnout

Everyone needs time for respite and recovery, but family caregivers often don’t have the luxury of taking a break, even when they so desperately need one.

It is common for family caregivers to feel guilty about asking for help, or they may not even know where to turn. The result is that many family caregivers experience burnout, which can lead to depression and other health problems.

With in-home care, you can let a caregiver step in while you focus on your loved one and the relationship. This allows for self care and respite—time to recharge so that you’re better able to be there when needed.

Working with home care agencies is one of the best ways to avoid caregiver burnout, whether aging family members are living in their own homes or residing with their caregivers. Those who make a concerted effort to help their loved ones with self-care, transportation and other essential tasks can enjoy restorative breaks and more time to manage personal and professional relationships. Without help, many caregivers find themselves overwhelmed and less able to handle their responsibilities from a positive frame of mind.

 

Maintaining a Sense of Normalcy

For seniors, the ability to maintain a sense of normalcy in spite of major life changes can be invaluable.

Many families believe that the best way to keep things normal for a senior loved one is by stepping in and avoiding additional care, but we have found that more seniors feel comfortable and secure when they have a caregiver who can help them maintain their daily routines.

With an in-home caregiver, seniors can continue to enjoy their favorite activities and hobbies, which can help them maintain a sense of normalcy even as their lives change. This is especially important for seniors who are dealing with major health issues or other life-altering events.

Not only can seniors continue to live in their own homes, but they can also enjoy continued access to community resources and facilities for regular social engagement, quality home-cooked meals, and many other benefits that might not otherwise be available.

Although family members may be willing to offer assistance and support when they aren’t busy with pressing familial and professional duties, home care companies in Dayton can offer reliable schedules and a sense of continuity that will alleviate anxiety and make day-to-day living much easier for seniors.

 

Still have questions about in-home care? We are happy to give you answers!

To learn more about the home care services available in your area, give Dayton Home Care Assistance a call at (937) 353-7997. We provide hourly, live-in, and specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care in Dayton. All of our caregivers are expertly trained, our dedicated Care Managers are available to clients and their families 24/7, and our care services are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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