It’s wonderful to want to be there and support an aging parent or spouse. You’ve known this person for most of your life or a significant portion of it. They have been supportive of you, a great and wonderful person, and you just want to make sure they remain safe and can stay at home as long as possible. While home care is the best option, some people take it upon themselves to provide this level of support to those elderly men and women, especially when they are close to them relationally.
There are numerous reasons why home care is the far better option than trying to look after this aging or disabled individual on your own. We list just a few of them below.
Reason #1: It can reduce stress and anxiety.
Stress and anxiety are going to be part of the process for not just the primary caregiver, but also the senior. Having to depend on somebody else, whether it’s a spouse or adult child, for example, is not going to be easy. If an aging senior is suddenly dependent on their adult daughter or son for many aspects of daily life, that could include bathing and toileting. That can be a stressful situation for both, though they might admit openly that it’s no big deal.
Also, the amount of time and energy required to support somebody of advancing years is going to place more and more stress on a person’s mind and body.
Reason #2: It improves safety.
The more experience somebody has at providing home care services, the more likely they are able to spot potential safety issues and implore their clients to establish a safer environment. When a family caregiver is going about their daily life, they might not see the subtle signs that could indicate potential safety issues developing.
Reason #3: It improves consistency.
A person who needs assistance every day, every other day, or just a couple of times a week will benefit far more from a person who shows up at the same time when needed rather than an adult child, for example, who is working a full-time job or possibly even a number of part-time jobs and simply never knows from one day to the next when he or she will be available.
Reason #4: It helps to avoid tough relationship challenges.
Leaning on the support of a spouse, adult child, or other individual, a senior knows very well that it will likely put undue stress and pressure on the relationship itself over time. By leaning on the support of a home care aide, that senior can avoid these unexpected challenges when they have so many other things with which to contend.
Interim HealthCare is a nationwide company that is dedicated to helping seniors maintain full, independent lives where they most desire to live: in the comfort of their own homes. Call us today to find a location near you. 800-944-8888
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