Elders Preference: Stay Home. Enlist Homecare
An overwhelming majority of elderly prefer, if given a viable choice, to remain in their home as long as possible. This is not at all surprising news.
But to accomplish this, there need to be some additional resources available to provide guidance and personal assistance. This is where homecare staff answers the call.
Homecare helps seniors maintain their independence. Homecare allows seniors to continue to live in the place they function best – their home. Care staff enables & supports a senior to continue all household functions in which they are physically and mentally able. If an elder is unsafe or unable to properly cook a meal, care staff will prepare and serve. But we may insist that the elder get up and walk to the table to eat. Getting up to the table requires movement, which provides some exercise for muscle groups and mobility.
Homecare prevents (or postpones) institutional life. Living in a long-term care facility is unfamiliar and can often be intimidating. Without question, in many cases institutional care facilities may be the single most appropriate living environment for seniors needing special, or specific attention. But it is rare to have a senior actively lobby for a change from home to institutional living. Most people prefer postponing the inevitable as long as possible. Home is where the heart is, and in the overwhelming majority of cases, home is where the senior prefers to live.
Finally, medical evidence shows that people recuperate more quickly at home. An elder is in his/her normal environment. Undoubtedly, they can get a better night’s rest than in a strange bed – in a noisy facility. Home care helps promote healing.
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John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions.
Phone: (781) 378-2164
Email: [email protected]