Family members and friends are often relied upon to take care of an elderly loved one. While it’s a top priority, other commitments – whether personal or work-related – can get in the way of continual senior care. Scheduled visits and/or part-time home care services can assist, but over time there may be signs a senior needs constant care, especially as a progressive illness affects physical and cognitive functions.
Full-time home care provides a high level of support while allowing your senior loved one to age in the familiar surroundings of their own home. Companionship from a trusted home care provider offers mental and physical benefits that retirement homes or assisted living communities cannot match.
Benefits of Home Care
Discover how full-time home care can bring the following benefits to your senior’s quality of life while also providing relief for your family.
The Gift of Aging in Place
Seniors can live with dignity in the comfort of their own homes with full-time home care. The familiar sounds and smells of home help elders stay intellectually linked and even increase memory for those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Moving to a new environment can cause the elderly to feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable.
Increased Peace of Mind
Full-time home caregivers provide constant care in a senior’s preferred setting, and their happiness at home can provide you with much-needed peace of mind, allowing you to focus more on your job, family, and self. Without this professional service, family caregiving can be quite stressful and caregiver burnout may result if you don’t get a break. Respite care or moving to full-time home care ensures that the senior in your life receives the greatest care services day and night.
Companionship and One-on-One Care
You want the best care for your aging loved one 24/7. Full-time home care ensures that your senior receives individualized, one-on-one attention. You’ll never have to worry whether they skip a meal or forget to take their prescription, spend too much time outside the bedroom, or wear dirty clothes. Full-time home care assures seniors receive the appropriate services at the appropriate times throughout the day and night, as determined by an individual care plan. Close friendships are frequently formed between a professional caregiver and a senior in the home, which promotes communication and trust while preventing loneliness.
Safety and Comfort
By understanding and addressing the specific needs of the elderly, full-time home care ensures safer living conditions and treatment. With only the caregiver and the senior in the house, the risk of infection is greatly reduced. At the same time, a nighttime caregiver is on the watch for aging adults who require restroom assistance or wander after dark due to dementia. With eyes and ears on your loved one at all times, the risk of falls, soiled clothes, bedsores, infection, and neglect is reduced.
Customized and Specialized Services
When you hire full or part-time home care, the services are tailored to the health of your elderly family member. Caregivers have the knowledge, expertise, and abilities necessary to provide more specialized care for dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic diseases, and even end-of-life situations. Your loved one can receive individualized care in the comfort of their own home rather than having to relocate to an expensive, specialist facility.
To learn more about the benefits of full-time care at home from Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington, call our office at (802) 231-0415 to schedule a free in-home consultation!