Protecting an Elderly Loved One

Options Available With In-Home Senior Care Services

by Margie Adams

Instead of moving into a nursing home or an assisted living facility, many seniors prefer to remain in the comfort of their own homes. However, sometimes seniors need a little extra help in taking care of themselves. Home care providers offer senior care services that include trained professionals to assist seniors with activities of daily living, which ensures safety and gives seniors the freedom to continue living independently. Not all seniors require the same level of care or the same type of services. Fortunately, personalized care is one of the best benefits of utilizing home care services. Here are just a few of the optional senior care services available. 

Non-Medical Senior Care

It is important to note that in-home senior care isn't the same receiving home nursing care.  Many medical conditions that seniors deal with require the trained care from medical professionals, so many home care providers do not provide medical care; however, there is assistance available for seniors with some medical conditions. For instance, dementia, memory loss, arthritis, and Alzheimer's are some of the most common medical conditions that home care providers are trained to handle.

Senior Care Services

When it comes to caring for seniors at home, there are several factors to consider. When you hire a home care service to assist with your senior loved one, each routine is uniquely tailored to the individual. Some of the most common senior care services include:

  • Light housekeeping
  • Personal care and hygiene assistance
  • Bathing and/or shower assistance
  • Mobility help
  • Companion care
  • Help with preparing and feeding meals
  • Pet and plant care
  • Errands
  • Incontinence care
  • Respite care for family caregivers

Many seniors think of living independently as a priority. After living independently for the majority of their life, it can be extremely difficult for them to imagine leaving their home and moving into an assisted living facility. Unfortunately, even when the small daily activities become difficult, many seniors would still prefer to remain in their own home. In-home senior care can help to extend the time that they are able to remain in their own home.

It may be slightly difficult for some seniors to accept help from a caregiver, but the arrangement generally turns out to be more favorable, and the benefit of seniors continuing to remain at home make up for the difficulties. One of the most important benefits of allowing seniors to remain in their home is that it allows them to keep their dignity. Their assistance is done on their terms, and they are not taken away from a familiar, comfortable environment.