Caregiving and Home Care Supports Human Dignity
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5 Benefits of Aging in Place
For most seniors, having the option to remain living in their homes as they age is extremely important. According to a survey conducted by AARP on Home and Community Preferences of the 45+ Community, 88% of Americans over the age of 65 reported the desire to remain in their homes for as long as possible. Staying at home, often referred to as aging in place, has many positive impacts on the lives of seniors. The list below outlines five benefits of aging in place.
1. Independence Maintaining independence is important to the physical and emotional wellbeing of seniors. Living at home allows them to maintain their independence by putting them in control of their day to day lives. Aging in place also enables seniors to maintain their community support systems, which provide a sense of independence and allows them to seek assistance from friends and neighbors when it is needed.
2. Mental Wellbeing Seniors who age in place have the benefit of staying in a familiar environment. While new environments can be anxiety-inducing for some seniors, studies have also proven that seniors who stay at home retain their mental faculties at a greater rate than those who go to a facility. Aging in place also helps with memory retention.
3. Access to Family Family can be a key element to a comfortable and positive retirement. Aging in place allows seniors to remain close to family. Visits are not restricted to assisted living home hours and family traditions do not have to change to accommodate an assisted living facility. Loved ones can stop by at any time and stay as long as they wish when seniors choose to age at home.
4. Lower Expenses Nursing homes and assisted living facilities can be cost-prohibitive and exhaust retirement savings at an alarming rate. While these costs can sometimes be covered by health insurance or long term care insurance, more often than not the expenses are paid for out of pocket. Aging in place as an alternative to assisted living facilities can save a considerable amount of money, even if modifications need to be made to the home.
5. Comfort For many people, including seniors, their home is the largest asset and they have spent a large portion of their lives making it their own. Leaving this familiar and much-loved space can be emotionally devastating for many seniors. Staying at home allows seniors to hold onto belongings that symbolize a lifetime of memories.
According to Senior Living - Tips: What to Look for in a Senior Caregiver
Here are a few things that seniors and families should consider when hiring a caregiver.
Personality is Essential— Someone can have the credentials and experience in the world and simply not have a personality that meshes with the client and/or family members. You’ll have to go with your gut instincts after running a thorough background check through a national database if there are no red flags.
Credentials, Licensing, and Experience— Be sure to find a caregiver that has the right credentials and experience to be able to provide for your loved one’s needs, particularly if they require assistance with medications or daily activities. However, it’s important to note that some states don’t require certification or credentials to hold certain caregiver roles.
References— Do more than ask for them…actually call them and listen for any complaints or any hesitancy in commenting that can be indicative that there were issues. Also, confirm their length of employment, especially if you’re looking for a reliable person long-term.