As the American population gets older, many senior citizens and their families are in need of help. Seniors may want to remain independent but may need assistance with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, cooking, cleaning, and laundry. They may also need help getting to medical appointments and taking medications as prescribed. This responsibility sometimes falls on family members, but many adult children have jobs and children of their own and cannot be there for their parents around the clock.
When someone needs assistance with care, there are two options that families often consider. One is moving the senior citizen to an assisted living facility, and the other is hiring an in-home caregiver. Deciding which is right for your parent will depend on his or her abilities and preferences and the level of care he or she needs.
Services at an Assisted Living Facility
An assisted living facility is a place where a group of senior citizens live together. They may have their own rooms or apartments or may share rooms with others. Meals and other services, such as cleaning and laundry, may be provided. Some assisted living facilities also provide some medical services. Assisted living facilities provide social activities to encourage seniors to spend time together and develop friendships.
Benefits of Hiring an In-Home Caregiver
Many older adults do not like the idea of moving and giving up the home where they have lived for many years. An in-home caregiver can allow a senior to remain at home and to have a level of privacy that is not possible at an assisted living facility. A caregiver can come every day or for only a few hours per week, depending on the senior’s needs.
A caregiver can provide a range of services. He or she can help with personal care, such as toileting, bathing, dressing, and feeding, or can help with chores such as grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and laundry. An in-home caregiver can provide transportation to take senior citizens to visits with family and friends, medical appointments, or the local senior center. A caregiver can also remind a senior to take medication as prescribed.
In-Home Care for Seniors from Dependable Care
Dependable Care has a team of compassionate in-home caregivers who can help seniors with a variety of tasks. The level of support can be customized to your parent’s specific needs. If your parent wants to remain at home but needs help with some tasks, an in-home caregiver could be the solution your family needs. Contact Dependable Care today so we can meet with your family and match your parent with the right in-home caregiver.