According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, by 2030, twenty percent of the United States population will be aged 65 and older. Over the next decade, caring for these individuals is going to become quite challenging for their families. In many circumstances, families are going to consider in-home supportive care through a home healthcare agency.
It is natural for most people to prefer to remain in their home as long as possible. If the adult only needs minor assistance with daily activities, a home health care aide may be just the thing for them. Home health care aides or caregivers offer assistance with oral care, shaving, shopping, bathing, laundry, grooming and transferring. The home health care aide can be available when friends or family members are not.
Deciding whether or not in-home assistance is the best way to go can be a struggle. While everyone’s situation is unique, here are a few things to think about when making a decision:
Location of the Home Is the home convenient to shopping or doctors’ offices or is there a long commute? Is there public transit?
Accessibility/Maintenance of the Home Are there a lot of steps or steep inclines? Would modifications be easy? Is there a lot of maintenance required?
Support Are family and friends nearby to help? Are these people supportive?
Risk of Isolation If the person is unable to leave the home, the feeling of isolation quickly takes over when he/she cannot go and do the things they once loved or participated in. Losing all of this leads to depression.
Medical Conditions If there is or becomes a medical condition, be aware of complications and how they will be handled.
Finances While assisted living can be expensive, home health care can also quickly become expensive depending on the amount of assistance required. Always take the budget into consideration.
In many cases, the elderly, who wish to remain in their homes and retain some amount of independence, will seek the in-home supportive care of a home health aide. While it is difficult to let a “stranger” into the home to take care of loved ones, keep in mind that having help from more than one source will keep all relationships stronger and healthier. Taking on too much on your own is a recipe for frequent arguments and future disaster.
To further discuss your home healthcare options, call Texas Prime Healthcare, located in Royse City, Texas. Texas Prime Healthcare offers skilled nursing, home health aides and a variety of therapies in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth area.