When it comes to elderly care, it’s very important to allow your senior family members to have a say in the decision-making process. While you might think you know what’s best for them, remember that it’s still their lives that are at stake. And, more often than not, the type and level of care have a great impact on the overall quality of life and happiness of your senior loved ones.
While there are many care options to choose from, it can’t be denied that many seniors might actually prefer to stay at home, through live in care. This means rather than uprooting their entire lives and moving them in an elderly care facility, you’re keeping your elderly family members at home, where they’re comfortable and familiar with their surroundings. A live in or in home caregiver comes to their home and cater to their needs.
If you’re still on the fence about whether or not you should opt for live in care for your elderly family members, here are reasons to convince you that this option could be the best route there is:
- Ensures Safety At Home
There’s no place safer than home, and this same principle applies even to seniors. You can be certain that their needs are met and less accidents may happen when your elderly loved ones are familiar with the environment they’re in. They know what hazards to avoid, and they also know how to navigate every corner of the house.
The live in carer can also assist your senior family members with basic household chores, which they may no longer be able to do, simply because they’re no longer as physically mobile. Should an accident occur, the liv in caregiver is present to immediately notify and call the doctor for immediate relief and action.
- May Lead To Higher Life Satisfaction
Even when your senior family members are already suffering from frailty, it also can’t be denied that they may be able to enjoy a higher life satisfaction through live in care. The reason for this is simple—during the last few years of their lives, the last thing you’ll want to impose on them is to keep adjusting to new environments, which include the hospital, assisted living facility, or elderly home.
Given their physical limitations, it won’t be as easy for them to socialize and make friends, even with the other inhabitants of the elderly home. If they’re at home, however, in the same place they’ve lived for so many years of their lives, they’re surrounded all the things they love, as well as all the neighbors they’ve interacted with for so long.
Because they’re in their comfort zone, an overall higher life satisfaction may be enjoyed by your elderly loved ones.
- Promotes Better Socialization
In an elderly home or assisted living facility, social interaction is still there. But, the hours may be limited, depending on schedule the elderly home management has made for the tenants. Visiting hours from family and friends may also be limited, and there usually isn’t a 1:1 ratio of caregivers or nurses to patients. So, it’s still safe to say that while socialization is present, it’s limited to a certain extent.
With in home or live in care, however, there’s a higher likelihood of better socialization. Now, you elderly loved ones can enjoy a one-on-one care arrangement. This assures you that every day, your senior family members are able to interact, and for a longer period, with at least one individual. As the live in caregiver and your family member develop a good, professional friendship, it’s as if your otherwise lonely senior family members now have made a brand new friend, whom they can trust.
Most importantly, because the live in caregiver only has to attend to your loved ones’ needs, it’s easier for them to come up with programs and activities to promote socialization. For instance, your loved ones can now go out with better ease to shop at the supermarket, have afternoon tea and coffee with other senior friends, or even join a hobby group or class. These are all great ways to meet the social needs of aging individuals.
As you can see, in home care can be an invaluable resource both for the seniors themselves and you, as the family member taking an active role in your elderly loved ones’ care needs. If you feel confident enough that the reasons enumerated above all contribute to providing your loved ones; needs, then it’s definitely worth considering going for in home care.
However, to ensure all their health, medical, socialization, and emotional requirements are met, be sure to only sign up for the services of quality live in care providers. Don’t skimp on this. By doing so. you may be able to successfully improve your elderly loved ones’ quality of life, health, and overall happiness.