Being a senior means that you have reached a new stage in your life—not that your life is over. If you are noticing that your elderly parents are in need of some extra help meeting personal and health needs you might have started thinking about a nursing facility or assisted living home. For many people, however, this is just not a desirable option. Home care is the perfect alternative for seniors who want to stay in their own homes but could benefit from some assistance.
There are many ways that home care can help keep your parents happy and healthy:
Stay at Home
Being able to stay at home is enough to take a tremendous amount of stress off of a senior. Home is simply more comfortable and relaxing than trying to get accustomed to new surroundings and not feeling as though you have your privacy and freedom. Home care will let your parents stay at home so that they can enjoy their own space and belongings, and exhibit more autonomy than if they were living in a facility.
It is common for seniors to have quite the list of medications that they have to take daily and it can be easy to forget what medications need to be taken when and in what doses. A home care companion can help keep this medication regimen organized and offer reminders when it is time to take medication. Medication compliance is key to staying healthy and avoiding extra doctor’s visits and treatments so having these reminders can be very helpful for seniors in maintaining their health.
Activities of Daily Living
“Activities of daily living” is a common term in home care. It refers to all those things that you need to do throughout the day and are easy to take for granted. A companion is there to help with things such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, running errands and grooming.
One of the main benefits of home care is the companionship. Having someone to talk to, play games with, and just have around keeps seniors from getting lonely and helps them lead active, engaging lives even when their families can’t be there with them.
For seniors staying happy and healthy is about living life. Having a companion can help seniors do just that, right in their own homes.
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When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.
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