As people get older, they often struggle to do things that used to come easily. Seniors may find it difficult to complete household chores like cooking, cleaning, and laundry. They may no longer be able to drive to run errands, see doctors, and visit family and friends. Some seniors even find it difficult to bathe, dress, and use the bathroom without assistance.
When seniors are struggling, their family members naturally want to help. Many children and grandchildren begin to consider an assisted living facility. While that is a good choice for some seniors, in other cases hiring a live-in caregiver is a better option.
With a Live-in Caregiver, Your Loved One Can Stay at Home
One of the greatest advantages of hiring a live-in caregiver instead of moving to an assisted living community is that the senior citizen can stay in his or her home. Many seniors have lived in their homes for decades and raised their families there. They are often reluctant to leave and fearful of change. Seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s may find the move to a new environment especially disruptive and may become more confused, disoriented, and withdrawn.
Hiring a live-in caregiver can allow your loved one to stay in the home where he or she is comfortable. That can provide a sense of stability and continuity that is important for many older adults. It can allow your family member to age in place, which is what many seniors want as they get older.
A Live-in Caregiver Can Focus on Your Family Member
A live-in caregiver can provide more one-on-one attention than your loved one would receive in an assisted living community. While help is available in assisted living, staff members need to provide assistance to many residents and have a limited amount of time to spend with each individual. A live-in caregiver’s attention will be focused exclusively on your loved one.
Your Loved One Can Build a Relationship with a Caregiver
Social relationships are important for everyone, but especially for seniors who may live alone. Your loved one can develop a relationship with the caregiver who lives with him or her. They can talk, enjoy meals together, take day trips, and plan other relaxing activities to keep your loved one engaged and forge a bond.
Contact Dependable Care to Find a Live-in Caregiver for Your Family Member
Dependable Care has helped many senior citizens across Connecticut stay in the homes where they have lived for years and feel comfortable. If your loved one is struggling and needs help with household chores, errands, or personal care, you don’t necessarily need to choose assisted living. A live-in caregiver may be a better option for your family. Contact Dependable Care today to learn more.