The Benefits Of In-Home Senior Care

senior-careAs seniors grow older, the desire to remain independent and most of all, in their own home can be strong. Yet, at the same time, many senior adults could benefit from professional senior assistance. Senior care services provide the ideal solution by allowing seniors to remain in their own home while ensuring they also stay safe and healthy.

Seniors of all ages are able to benefit from senior home care in a variety of ways. Senior home care is suitable for in a variety of situations, including for seniors who are disabled, chronically ill, or recovering from surgery. Even those individuals who simply require a little additional senior assistance in order to remain in their own home rather than moving to a care facility can benefit from senior care services. Seniors and their families will also often find that senior home care is much more affordable than a senior care facility.

Providing care to seniors in their home also allows them the benefit of being able to remain in familiar surroundings. The value of this cannot be understated. Families often find that senior care helps their family members to avoid the effects of moving into a new environment, which can often be quite traumatic.

Senior assistance can also provide consistency and stability in care since only a dedicated team or staff member will be providing care to the individual. This makes it possible to build a more personal relationship between the caregiver and the senior, thus improving the senior’s behavior and mood.


Types of Senior Care Services Available
Services available through senior care can vary based on the needs of the individual. For instance, some seniors may be in relatively good health, but simply may not be able to get around the way they once could. In such situations, homemaker services, including light housekeeping could be of benefit.

Among the most common health considerations among many seniors today is depression. This is often attributed to loneliness. To assist in alleviating the risk of depression, which can aggravate other health conditions, senior assistance might also include companionship and encouraging the senior to get out and talk walks in order to stay physically active. Playing cards and simply reminiscing can also help seniors to keep their minds active.

Senior home care can also be suitable for situations in which support personnel and family members need respite. Other examples of care provided by senior services include medication reminders and even transportation.

Through the provision of in-home care, it is no longer necessary for seniors to leave home as frequently, which can be highly beneficial for individuals who are unable to move or who are walker or wheelchair-bound.

Senior assistants are also able to provide important hygienic and personal care. Many times, as an individual grows older, he or she finds it more difficult to bathe or shower. A senior assistant can visit the senior’s home several times weekly to help the senior shower, groom, and dress. Trained assistants may also help with emptying catheter bags, changing dressings, and performing wound care. Qualified care assistants can also assist in handling the senior’s medical needs. Working under the direction of a primary physician, the assistant can insert catheters, take vitals, apply pain patches, and administer medication while also assessing overall health.


Choosing Senior Care Services
When choosing a senior service for a family member or loved one, it is naturally important to do so with care. Senior care providers are highly trained and experienced in providing a variety of in-home services. Many such care services also offer specialized services for individuals with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.

Welcoming a Senior Caregiver Into your Home

The initial stages of your in-home senior care relationship can be a bit awkward. The good news is that is just like any other relationship where you must practice patients, mutual respect and making an effort to share and listen.  There is someone you essentially do not know in your home or your loved ones home multiple times each week. It is important that you are able to become comfortable with the caregiver and make him or her feel welcome so you can facilitate open communication and trust. If you are in this situation or have an elderly relative that is, here are a few tips for making those first weeks a little easier.

Take Time to Talk About Them

senior helping another seniorWhen you speak with your in-home senior care provider, whether its a Seniors Helping Seniors staff member take time to talk about more than just your loved one.  While their care is of the utmost importance, you want to get to know the person who is caring for them. Find out what makes them tick and make sure they are a good match and passionate about caring for seniors.  Part of that is acknowledging him or her as a whole person, not just as an employee.  A few questions showing you care can make a big difference. The following are some good examples to get you started.

1. How long have you been a caretaker for?

2. What got you started in elder care services?

3. How would you describe your personality?

4. What are your hobbies?

By asking these questions you not only make the caretaker feel like they are important to you but it helps you gauge how well of a math they are for you or a loved one you are finding care for. Maybe you share similar hobbies or interests, and maybe you can find someone with a similar personality. While its important not to get too caught up in first impressions, its still a good thing to pay attention to.

Make Your Home Comfortable

It can be very awkward to suddenly find yourself in another’s home while feeling unsure of what to do.  Work to make certain your home is comfortable to your caregiver.  This means giving a full and detailed tour, making certain they have everything they might need, and perhaps having a bottle of water ready for when they arrive.  These are simple, small things that can make him or her feel more comfortable.

Invite Them into our Family

Not every in-home care provider for the elderly will be comfortable with this.  However, some will appreciate the gesture.  It can also make you feel more comfortable with the arrangement.  If there is going to be a family lunch, extend the invitation and give a small gift at the holidays.  Whenever it is appropriate, try to make them feel included and you will make a friend for life.