Home health care can provide important benefits to both the senior who needs the help as well as the relative who has become the caregiver. Home health care companions can extend the time an aging senior can remain at home in familiar surroundings while maintaining a level of independence and dignity. By contracting for home care services, you can avoid costly stays in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
Signs that Your Parent May Need Help
As an adult son or daughter, it may be difficult to come to terms with the fact that your parent may need help with basics like personal hygiene and performing simple tasks like paying the bills. You might notice forgetfulness, trouble walking, a dirty or cluttered home and lack of personal hygiene. These are signs that your loved one may benefit from extra help around the house from a home health care companion. When you choose the right home health care agency, you give your loved one professional services administered by experienced aides who provide personal care and friendly companionship.
Here are some of the top benefits of home health care.
- Remaining at Home
One of the main benefits of arranging for a companion to provide home health care is that the senior can stay in the comfort and privacy of his or her own home, surrounded by familiar neighbors and objects. For aging loved ones, living at home with the assistance of a home health care companion can allow them to remain as independent and as functional as possible while receiving the support they need.
- Maintaining Personal Freedom
Aging seniors in need of home health care services can maintain a degree of personal freedom when they remain at home, unlike living in a facility such as an assisted living or a nursing home. A senior citizen living at home can express personal opinions and have input into meal options, activity preferences and schedules.
- Enjoying Companionship
Living in isolation can take a toll on the mental well-being of a senior, even with the help of a well-meaning son or daughter. Seniors can feel the loss of friends and family members, and with the loss of a spouse a strong sense of loneliness can take hold. A home health care worker can provide companionship as well as other services while encouraging the senior to participate in social activities.
- Improved Health
You may find that your loved one will show improvement in overall health and well-being with the support of a home health care companion. The aide can supervise medications, make sure the senior is properly nourished and help with personal hygiene like bathing. An aide can also encourage the senior to get more physical activity, come out of the house, move around and participate in life.
- Reducing Stress for the Family Caregiver
As time goes by and parents age, they often need more attention than a family caregiver can provide. Adult children, who are often in their 50’s and 60’s, may find themselves in the “sandwich generation” where they are called upon to help out with children and grandchildren as well as their aging parents. A home health care worker can provide basic care and supervision for the senior, enabling adult children to balance their responsibilities and enjoy their own lives as well.
When you need home health care for your loved one, contact Home Helpers of South Shore at 781-585-1244. Learn about the support we provide to make life easier and allow your aging parent to remain at home.
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Abington , Braintree , Brockton , Buzzards Bay , Carver , Cohasset, Dighton , Duxbury , Falmouth , Halifax , Hanson , Hingham , Holbrook , Hull , Humarock , Kingston , Lakeville , Marshfield , Mashpee , Middleboro , Norwell , Pembroke , Plymouth , Plympton , Quincy , Randolph , Rockland , Sandwich , Scituate , Taunton , Wareham , Weymouth , Whitman