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Why Do People Enlist In-Home Care for Their Elderly Loved Ones?




The desire to ensure the well-being and comfort of our family members and loved ones becomes a top priority as they age. Aging looks different for everyone, of course, with some seniors staying healthy, active, and independent for many years, and others having to rely more heavily on formal and informal care. It’s important to remove the stigma from needing care – it’s not always preventable and often inevitable. While various care options exist, in-home care stands out for its properties of providing personalized support within the familiar surroundings of one's home. A lot of seniors prefer to age in place and will commonly enlist the help of immediate family, especially a partner or adult children. Depending om the amount and intensity of care required, this can lead to some negative shifts in family dynamic, burnout on the part of the assigned family caregiver(s), and an inadequate quality of care due to the family members’ lack of time and experience.

 

As a geriatric care management company, the matter of aging at home is at the center of our work with seniors and their families. In this blog post, we are here to tell you about in-home care: how it works, what it entails, and all of its benefits.

 

Geriatric care managers play a pivotal role in orchestrating comprehensive care plans tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. These professionals assess, coordinate, and monitor the various aspects of a senior's well-being, offering guidance and support to both the elderly and their families.

 

Bringing in a geriatric care manager or a care management team is especially beneficial for seniors with ongoing health problems, mental problems, cognitive decline, memory problems, or general trouble with performing essential activities of daily living (like bathing, cleaning, feeding oneself, moving around without getting injured, etc.).

 

In-home care, facilitated by a competent geriatric care management team, fosters independence, comfort, and a sense of familiarity. It allows seniors to maintain their routines, cherished possessions, and connections with the community, all contributing significantly to their overall well-being.

 

Here are some examples of the services most commonly provided by our team:

 

  1. Navigating medical treatment through multiple care providers and keeping open lines of communication with insurance companies to ensure a client is receiving the best available care and that their preferences and wishes are respected by all parties.

  2. Coordinating medical appointments, medication management, and ensuring proper adherence to treatment plans.

  3. Being available in cases of emergency and providing more extensive care when family caregivers are not present.

  4. Conducting a home safety assessment that involves identifying potential hazards and implementing safety measures within the home environment.

  5. Offering companionship, emotional support, and a listening ear, reducing feelings of isolation.

  6. Acting as advocates for the elderly in healthcare settings and ensuring effective communication among healthcare providers.

  7. Assisting with accessing community resources, financial and legal advice, and other essential services.

 

By embracing in-home care, families can rest assured that their loved ones receive the specialized attention and support necessary for a fulfilling and dignified life in their later years.

 

If you find yourself in need of Geriatric Care Management for yourself or an aging loved one, you can call us at no cost to learn more about our services and how we can help. Booking a consultation is always FREE and confidential on our website at SeniorSteps.org/book-online.

 

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