Many adults begin to face challenges as they get older. Seniors may struggle to take care of personal hygiene or to complete everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry. They may develop conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis that create physical limitations, or they may have Alzheimer’s disease.
Many seniors who are struggling to care for themselves want to remain at home. Families often consider hiring an in-home caregiver. Some seniors or their family members are hesitant, however, because of misconceptions about how in-home care works and how it will affect a senior’s life. Here are some facts to help you decide if an in-home caregiver is right for your family member.
Misconception #1: A Caregiver Is Only for a Senior Who Is Ill
People often think that an in-home caregiver is only for someone who is very ill. While some caregivers help seniors who have serious medical issues, others provide help with daily activities. A caregiver can help your loved one bathe and get dressed if he or she has limited mobility. A caregiver can also help with chores around the house, such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and caring for pets.
Misconception #2: An In-Home Caregiver Is Too Expensive
Many family members rule out the idea of hiring an in-home caregiver because they think it will be too expensive. That is not necessarily true. A caregiver costs much less than a nursing home or an assisted living facility. You would have to pay for room, board, and caregiving services if your loved one lived in a facility. If you hire an in-home caregiver, you will only pay for services during the hours when the caregiver works. A caregiver may only be needed for a few hours per week or for several hours per day. You can create a schedule based on your loved one’s needs.
Misconception #3: A Caregiver Will Take Away a Senior’s Independence
Seniors are often reluctant to accept the idea of hiring an in-home caregiver because they worry that it would impinge on their independence. That is not true. A caregiver can provide assistance with activities that are difficult so seniors can avoid injuries. A caregiver can keep seniors safe so they can live at home and participate in activities they enjoy.
Dependable Care Can Help You Find the Right Caregiver for Your Loved One
Dependable Care provides in-home caregivers for seniors all over Connecticut. If your family member needs assistance, we can help you find the right caregiver to suit his or her needs. This costs significantly less than assisted living or a nursing home and can enable your family member to remain independent. Contact Dependable Care today to find the right caregiver for your loved one.