Mom and dad want to stay in their home and not move into a facility. They want to remain in the home they’ve lived in for decades, continue to shop in local stores and socialize with their friends in the community. This is known as aging in place.
But as our loved ones get older, physical limitations might mean they need some help while at home. This is where informal, family caregivers and professional home care from a home health agency come in. Depending on the amount of help they need and each family’s situation, caregiving can get overwhelming.
While 76% of Americans age 50 and older say they prefer to remain in their current residence and 77% would like to live in their community as long as possible, just 59% anticipate they will be able to stay in their community, either in their current home (46%) or a different home still within their community (13%), according to a 2019 AARP report.
If medically possible, aging in place is often less expensive than relocating to an assisted living facility or nursing home for eldercare.
Our caregivers at Assisting Hands go through extensive and unique training to help families fulfill their wishes of staying at home. They are an extra person to rely on to help loved ones manage everyday tasks safely with peace of mind.
Our caregivers help with activities of daily living and other tasks that can become precarious, like taking the trash out or household chores. They are also able to spot subtle changes in a loved one’s condition or home that families might miss or don’t want to see that needs addressing before it becomes an emergency.