Caring for Seniors: Home Care Could be Better Than Assisted Living Centers
Many seniors who have their own house would rather stay there than move out or enroll in an assisted living facility. Up to 90% of them don’t like to get separated from their family or stay in an unfamiliar environment.
This has made senior home health care an important part of their life.
Living Their Lives
Seniors have a need to belong and be accepted, like everyone else. They want to have as much independence as they once did when they were still working. The current society is getting older. In 2010, around 13% of the population was 65 years of age or older. It is estimated that this number will increase to 19.6% by 2030. This growing segment of the population is going to need assistance in more ways than one.
In the coming years, the elderly will require financial help, as most of them would not be able to live on their pension and government assistance. On top of that, they would need help in staying mobile and doing their daily tasks. With more than 78 million people set to retire within the next decade, there must be ways to assist them in their own homes, as there are not enough assisted living facilities to care for all of them.
Home care workers provide care and assistance that hospitals and elderly care facilities provide. They can also provide rest or respite for the spouse, family, or other regular care providers. They are also called health care aides, companions, and homemakers.
Home care promises to be less expensive than being in a nursing home or assisted living facility. This option has other benefits, including convenience, better quality of life, and lower medical bills. The senior who chooses home care can also have a longer life and lower risks of hospitalization.