Did you know that 90% of adults aged 65 and older want to remain in their current homes as they age?
For people who have to take care of their loved ones, this statistic is a little frightening. Although you love your senior, it’s impossible to care for them 24/7 without avoiding tasks you need to complete in your life.
Luckily, there are different types of home care services that allow your senior loved one to age in place while getting the help they need. Plus, you can still be involved as much as you want/can.
Keep reading to learn about the different services to find out which is right for your situation.
One of the types of home care services involves hiring a homemaker. Homemakers provide daily assistance with household chores.
A homemaker’s main job duty is to take care of the home. These professionals have experience with home management, cooking, and cleaning. Communication skills also come in handy when your hire a homemaker.
If you have to put aside your priorities to care for a loved one, this service will benefit you. A home health aide supports families trying to juggle all of the necessary tasks.
This service comes with the following:
- Light house cleaning
- Meal preparation
If necessary, a homemaker will offer deep cleaning services.
Licensed caregivers in Sarasota can also offer personal care services. This is similar to a homemaker, but they assist with more complex tasks, such as helping your loved one with:
- Medication reminders
As someone ages, their care needs change. You might begin by hiring a homemaker until you notice a decline in functional abilities in a senior. This extra help will come in handy for seniors who want to age in place.
These certified home health aides are available to complete these tasks with compassion and trust.
Taking care of your loved one can take up a lot of your emotional, mental, and physical energy. If you don’t want to give up the responsibility entirely, it’s still important to take a break from time to time.
While this may seem impossible, respite care makes it possible. Respite care provides short-term relief for primary caregivers who need time to take care of themselves.
Respite care can be arranged in different time increments. You might schedule respite care for an afternoon, a few days, or several weeks at a time.
It’s common for family caregivers to experience additional stress or burnout from taking care of a senior. The level of care your loved one needs might become more than you can handle.
It’s also likely that your level of involvement will begin to negatively impact your relationships, work, health, and finances.
Don’t let this make you feel guilty. Instead, hire some respite care help.
This type of home care service can also help delay or prevent placing your loved one in a nursing home.
Home care services can provide emotional support and companionship for your loved ones. There is evidence that suggests that adults aged 50 and older are socially isolated or lonely in ways that negatively impact their health.
This service is best for seniors who are in generally good health and want some company to remain active. You can fulfill other commitments while home health aides spend time with your loved ones.
Seniors require connections to stay in good health. Companionship promotes better physical health, better mental health, and can help create new routines.
Poor social relationships increase the risk of heart disease and the risk of stroke. Social isolation can also increase the risk of dementia which we will discuss further in this guide.
Health aides can play card games, watch movies, or accompany seniors while going on walks. Think of them as not just a helping hand, but a friend!
Cognitive and behavioral illnesses are common in seniors. At this point in a senior’s life, it’s difficult for their loved ones to care for them.
Homemaking with a Heart can provide support for seniors dealing with memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc. The nurses on the staff have experience caring for patients with these health conditions.
They will assess your loved one and build a tailored plan that suits the needs of your senior and the entire family.
As these health problems progress, a senior will eventually need assistance with daily living activities and instrumental activities. Growing needs for seniors will dementia might lead to full-time care services in the future.
If you cannot be with your aging loved one full-time to provide transportation, homemaking services can help with this task.
If your seniors cannot drive or need support going to medical appointments, home health aides will be there. They can also provide transportation for other needs, such as:
- Running errands
- Religious services
- Visiting family
When seniors cannot drive and need help with out-of-the-home tasks, our transportation services will be there for them.
Keep an eye out on seniors who insist on driving when they shouldn’t. Some of the signs that seniors should no longer drive themselves are:
- Delayed response to an unexpected situation
- Easily getting distracted while driving
- Difficulty maintaining the correct lane of traffic
- Hitting curbs
- Having frequent close calls
It’s also common for older seniors to drive too fast or too slow for certain road conditions. Convince them it’s safer to opt for transportation services when they need to go somewhere.
The Types of Home Care Services to Know
The different types of home care services can benefit seniors at various stages of their life. Homemaking with a Heart employs professional staff for homemaking, personal care, respite care, and more to benefit you.
When you can no longer take care of your loved one but want to respect their wish of aging in place, consider our services for a helping hand.
Don’t wait any longer to find the right home care method for your situation. Contact us today to learn more or to get answers to any prominent questions you might have.