As we enter this time in celebration of our Country’s “Freedom and Liberty;” let us also remember these privileges and Independence that we all desire to have in our homes.
Everyone wants “Freedom and Liberty” Home Helpers can Help you and your loved ones find both. Rather than moving into a long-term care facility as they age, many older adults prefer to stay at home for as long as possible. This may be the right choice for you if you only need minor assistance with your daily activities and enjoy a close network of nearby family and friends. The guidelines below and in this book Finding Freedom at Home: The Ultimate Guide to Home Care explore the range of home care services available to help you gain and maintain your independence within the privacy of your own home.
Is home care right for my loved one or me?
It’s natural to want to stay at home as you grow older. However, taking a step back to look at the big picture can help you decide whether staying at home for the long term truly is the right step for you. Too often, decisions to leave home are made after a sudden loss or emergency which may result in snap judgments which makes adjustments all the more painful and difficult. Take a look at your options, your budget, and some of the alternatives that are available.
Deciding whether to stay at home
Your home situation is unique and several factors will weigh on the best choice for you. Here are some of the issues in evaluating your options:
- Location and accessibility. Where is your home located? Are you in a rural or suburban area that requires a lot of driving? If you’re in an area with more public transit, is it safe and easily accessible? How much time does it take you to get to services such medical appointments?
- Home accessibility and maintenance. Is your home easily modified? Does it have a lot of steps or a steep hill to access? Do you have a large yard that needs to be maintained?
- Support available. Do you have family and friends nearby? How involved are they? Are they able to provide you the support you need? Many older adults prefer to rely on family to provide help, but as your needs increase, they might not be able to fill in all of the gaps. It’s important to consider proximity to community services and activities that you enjoy as well.
- Isolation. If it becomes difficult or impossible for you to leave home without help, a feeling of isolation can rapidly set in. You may not be able to participate in hobbies you once loved, stay involved in community service that kept you motivated, or visit with friends and family. Losing these connections and support is a recipe for depression.
- Medical conditions. No one can predict the future. However, if you or a loved one has a chronic medical condition that is expected to worsen over time, it’s especially important to think about how you will handle health and mobility problems. What are common complications of your condition, and how will you handle them?
- Finances. Making a budget with anticipated expenses can help you weigh the pros and cons of your situation. Alternate arrangements like assisted living can be expensive, but extensive in-home help may become expensive as well, especially at higher levels of care and live-in or 24-hour coverage. But with our Flexible Care Plans and No Minimum Hours or Days, we Make Life Easier. Not only for your life, but on your pocket book as well.
Finding Freedom at Home: The Ultimate Guide to Home Care is a new resource for families who are exploring home care options for an aging parent.
Written by home care expert Sam Sellers, with the Forward by John Browning, Owner of Home Helpers of Barrington, IL, “Finding Freedom At Home” will serve as a saving grace to the millions of adults exploring care and living assistance options for their aging parents. While institutionalization was once commonplace, the book proves how modern home care options can be the most sensible, dignified and empowering choice.
We understand that choosing a Caregiver Agency to assist your family is a big step. It’s one that requires Trust. That’s why we choose to have our Caregivers carefully screened, background checked, and drug tested so that they can fully care for you or your loved one.
We’ll be there for you when you need us, for as long as you need us.
Happy Independence Day to You and Your Family!!!
John & Christine Browning RN, and The Caregiving Team at Home Helpers
HOME HELPERS – Making Life Easier® Home Helpers offers a complete continuum of home healthcare services, similar to the care and support often provided by family members. Services include non-medical care, companionship, personal care* and medical services*. Our flexible care plans are tailored to fit our clients’ specific needs and budgets. To learn more about Home Helpers, call (847) 268-8676, or visit us online at www.HomeHelpersHomecare.com/barrington Compassionate Care is a newsletter produced by Home Helpers. We hope you found this edition to be informative and helpful.