It can be challenging for Northshore seniors to determine which type of Long Term Care is the best option for them. There are many options to choose from such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and in-home care. Although everyone’s situation is different, here are 5 reasons why in-home care could be the best option for seniors across the Chicagoland area.
- It is common for a senior’s family member to be their primary caregiver, but family caregivers typically have a full-time job outside of caring for the senior. Having two jobs can become stressful and sometimes the family caregiver might need a day to take a break. In the event that the family caregiver needs a break, it is important to have a backup caregiver on hand to take over the senior’s care needs.
- Seniors feel most comfortable in their own home, because they created so many memories there and the surroundings are familiar. Often times seniors feel very alone when they live in a facility, and remaining in their home allows them to feel connected to their environment. In-home care provides seniors with the opportunity to receive the care necessary to keep them safe and comfortable in their own home.
- Another reason to consider in-home care is for the overall well-being of the senior. Having a one-on-one caregiver in the home provides the senior with more attention than they would receive in a facility. The extra attention decreases the fall risk, as the caregiver is focusing all their attention on one person. The extra attention provided by the caregiver also provides the senior with a sense of companionship, which helps decrease the potential feeling of loneliness. Caregivers also keep seniors going in their routines such as eating meals, taking medications or attending doctor’s appointments. Creating a relationship with a caregiver provides seniors with an extra dose of love and happiness.
- Loneliness is a huge problem amongst seniors. The increasing feeling of loneliness can lead to depression, which will affect the senior’s ability to perform their activities of daily living. Having a regular caregiver in the senior’s home to assist them with daily tasks forces the senior to socialize, which helps facilitate a relationship between the senior and the caregiver.
- When looking into care for the elderly, the cost of care is something that always needs to be considered. Homecare is often more affordable than the cost of living in facilities, because not all seniors need around the clock care each day. Every senior’s needs are different than the next, so the cost of care varies based on the amount of care provided. The cost of in-home care depends on the type of care being provided and the number of hours a caregiver is helping the senior.
In-home care can be the solution for a senior in your life!