Home care agencies can be an attractive resource and cost effective solution for seniors who want to maintain their independence as they age in place. In-home personal care services include assistance with daily living activities, such as personal hygiene, dressing, laundry, and shopping and meal preparation. However, private care can be customized to the specific needs of an individual. Two extremely valuable benefits home care services offer is discreet safety supervision and true companionship between aide and client. This bond often develops into relationships based on mutual respect.
Short term In-Home care is also beneficial for patients who are recovering after a hospital or rehabilitation stay, who need additional support to remain safely at home and avoid unnecessary hospitalization.
COMBATING LONLINESS & DEPRESSION
Loneliness and isolation are very real concerns for the elderly especially in New England. Winters can start as early as November and continue right through until Marathon Monday. Navigating unmanageable snow banks, slushy sidewalks and icy conditions can be almost impossible for older folks. As a result during this season the number of seniors who develop depression increases considerably. Thankfully caregivers are able to provide warmth and caring human connections that can keep loneliness at bay. Also the bond between career and client develops trust, security and a sense of peace which enriches both their lives. A well-trained care-giver is skilled in encouraging interest and engagement in fitness and nutrition. Motivating clients to pursue their interests by attending lecture/seminars on the arts, music, theater, or religious events, or get out to visit friends and family.
Caregivers – certified nursing assistants (CNAs) & home health aides (HHAs) & Companions – make up the bulk of the licensed non-medical personnel. They have completed a certification program and are licensed to practice by the Commonwealth. A reputable home care agency has undertaken background checks on their Aides including a CORI, verifying past employment, permission to work in the USA, as
well as reviewing medical tests for drugs and TB. Seniors who take advantage of in-home care remain independent and are more apt to maintain their existing lifestyle.
As always if you have any questions please call. Also if you have any suggestions or thoughts you feel will contribute to enhancing the lives of those we care for, please let us know.