Home Health Care Services Doesn’t Mean You Stand On The Sidelines When It Comes To Helping Your Loved One
Why Is Home Health Care Important?
Home health care keeps seniors close to people who are not only their best advocates, but people they know, love, and trust. Seniors are also at a stage in their life where they are fragile. Many often are more vulnerable to sickness, are more prone to serious injury, or face issues with loss of cognitive or physical functions. This means it is more important than ever that they are close to their support group.
No matter where these services are provided in your own home, your senior’s, a long term care facility, or retirement agency- it is key that family members get involved in their loved ones care. Agencies will need the knowledge you have of your loved one to build them care plan that fits their needs. You will also be able to tell them information that helps the agency find the perfect personal care worker for your loved one. Families are also a senior’s’ first defense when it comes to making sure their at home healthcare is going as planned, and that there is no form of negligence or abuse.
Families primarily select a member, normally one that is in close proximity to the elder loved one, to be the primary caregiver and point of contact. This does not mean a single member must handle these duties alone. Loved ones must look at the work needing to be done and divide it up fairly so no one person is getting overwhelmed. Currently, over 80% of seniors prefer the option of home health care. This means that families should begin to start getting a plan in place when a loved one is reaching the point in their life where they need additional support.
What Should I Consider?
If you are thinking of home health care for your older loved ones, make sure to ask:
- Who in my family will be the primary caregiver?
- How do I address my loved ones care needs with them?
- How will my loved ones care be funded?
- What specific areas does my loved one need help in?
- Is there a family member that is nearby that can be there in case of an emergency?
- What agency is the best for my loved one?
- What types of care options are out there?
- Does my loved one have any specific medical needs or conditions?
When it comes to selecting a provider make sure to have your loved ones lifestyle preferences in mind, as well as their likes, dislikes, personality, and care needs. If you have at more questions, you can also contact the home health care experts at Comfort Keepers of Guelph, Milton, & Halton Hills, ON.