The Benefits of Ageing at Home
Sep 24, 2020 02:46 PM EDT | By Ernest Hamilton
Is there an amazing Senior in your life that you think the world of? Perhaps you think of a parent, a dear friend, or a relative that's always played a significant role in your life. Today, more and more Seniors choose to stay in place and age in the home that they've lived in for years - a place that's familiar and safe.
With the right home care services and compassionate team of Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and Nurses, your loved one will experience all of the advantages found at an assisted living facility but in the comforts of their own home. Your relative or friend will feel independent and have a genuine sense of dignity when they're able to go about their daily lives from their own home and on their own schedule.
Consider what an at-home caregiver and PSW can do for your family member or friend and the benefits of ageing in place.
Maintains a Sense of Independence
Ageing at home means that your loved one will feel safe in a familiar space. Seniors know their homes like the back of their hands, and they won't have to abide by regulations, rules or schedules set by assisted living or long-term care home administrators. They can plan a schedule with their PSW that works for them, eating and sleeping whenever needed. And they can entertain visitors at any time of the day.
Their highly trained PSW will assist with meal preparation, cleaning, bathing, prescription management, and any other service. Your friend or family member will be able to enjoy the freedom of such services at home. They won't feel like a number in a faceless crowd.
Ageing in place means that your loved one will experience better mental, physical, and social health because of the personal, one-on-one attention that they'll receive from the home healthcare team. They'll experience less loneliness and isolation than they would in an assisted living facility because of the companionship they'll receive from their PSW and home caregiving team. The right caregiving team will provide empathy and be eager to listen and engage with your family member or friend.
Furthermore, Seniors who receive home healthcare continue to thrive in their community. They'll continue to maintain a social life and won't have to leave friends and family behind. For many Seniors, engaging with their neighbourhood is an essential part of how they keep social. Moving away from that sense of normalcy can harm an individual's wellbeing and emotional health.
Unlike an assisted living facility, there are no visiting hours or restrictions on how often you can see your friend or family member. You can be a part of their life without checking in or checking out at a registration desk or recording personal information such as your phone number or address.
While there will be times that your loved won't be available - if they're sleeping or engaged in personal healthcare services - you and the rest of your family won't have to endure the clinical environment, and you can all enjoy the warmth of home you all know and love.
Before you decide on the type of healthcare that's ideal for your loved one, consider home care benefits. Your loved one will feel independent, safe, and comfortable.