The Top Home Care Myths: Debunked

In 2018, the global home care market was valued at 305.78 billion USD, and it is expected to grow by 7.8 percent by 2026.

In the US alone, the number of senior citizens who require home care services is growing significantly. And, since most citizens above the age of 65 suffer from mobility issues and chronic illnesses, there is a strong need to manage care efficiently. 

What many families have come to realize that home care is life-changing and (also) an extremely important piece to the healthcare puzzle.

Despite that, however, there are still a lot of myths out there about home care. Check out this guide to learn about the top home care myths. 

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At What Cost? 5 Tips for Affording In-Home Senior Care

You’re in the middle of your workday when you get a frightening phone call. Your parent has fallen and hurt themselves. (Turns out they were trying to get out to their car to go buy groceries.)

This is a nightmare scenario that millions of people live on a daily basis. 

You want to do the absolute best care you can find for them, and, you know that they won’t want to be plucked from their homes to be placed in a senior care community. But, can you afford senior care in-home?

The truth is, affording in-home senior care is often cheaper than putting them in a facility, and there are some methods that you can use to make it more affordable than you may have thought. Keep reading to find out all your options.

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5 Types of Care Services for Seniors

Given that nearly half of all seniors need assistance in their day to day activities, there is more help needed than is currently available. Senior care options can be comprehensive or sporadic, depending on the situation of the person in need of help. Here are five of the most common options that seniors utilize as they age.

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7 Tips for Helping Elderly Parents Accept Care

Helping elderly parents is never easy, especially when they’re stubborn about maintaining their independence, but these 7 tips should help.

There were roughly 76 million births from 1946 to 1964, a generation known to everyone as the baby boomers. And although nearly 11 million baby boomers passed away by 2012, the sheer number of people reaching the point of needing care is quickly approaching a size that our nation has never seen.

If you’re taking care of elderly parents from the baby boomer generation, you’re probably helping them with everyday tasks such as showering, taking medications, and preparing meals (which often takes a toll on you and can leave you feeling exhausted and guilty for feeling that way).

In-home care can help—but how do you approach the topic with your parent? Read on for 7 tips on helping elderly parents accept the care they need. Read more

Seniors Coping with Loss of Independence

Help Seniors Cope with the Loss of Independence

A loss of independence is a fear many seniors have. When this fear is realized, there are several ways caregivers need to help.

According to an AARP study conducted in 2012, 57% of seniors over age 70 do not find it easy to live alone and need help with daily tasks. This loss of independence can have a toll on senior’s psychological and physical well-being.

Most people begin to live and perform daily life tasks independently by the age of 20. About 50 years later, many find that independence is no longer safe or viable. The loss of independence seniors face can often result if grieving, frustration, and other emotional upset. Caregivers can help seniors by understanding the process.

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Signs That an Elderly Person Needs a Home Care Aide.

Aging in place is a positive option for seniors. Elderly persons benefit in many ways when they can enjoy independence in their own homes. However, this does not mean a senior does not need help. You may notice some signs that your loved one needs a home care aide.

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6 Helpful In-Home Caregiving Products

6 Helpful In-Home Caregiving Products:
Tools to Help Make Caregiving a Little Easier

Practical tools can help make any job a little easier, especially tools that are designed specifically for the situation at hand. Thankfully there’s a wide variety of products to help in-home caregivers care for their senior loved ones and help keep them safe. Caregiving is a tough enough job as it is. The following are a few products that can help make a caregiver’s job, and a senior’s life, a little easier.

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How Do I Know When It’s Time For In Home Care For My Loved One?

Care. It may be a small word, but one that encompasses many emotions and physical activities when it comes to caregiving. Caring for an aging parent or spouse is both demanding, both physically and emotionally. Family caregiver stress and burnout are all too common, and your health often deteriorates faster than the aging loved one you’re caring for. Seniors want to maintain their independence and dignity so they won’t usually ask for help until they’ve suffered a fall or had a hospital stay. A physician or social worker might recommend a senior home care agency, but it’s not always easy to determine when it’s the right time, and which services are needed.

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How Do I Choose The Right In Home Caregiver?

Many times the search for the right Senior Home Care Agency must be performed quickly because of an emergency medical condition. Other times people are able to plan ahead and research the various provider companies. Regardless of your timeline, this is a decision which impacts everyone involved emotionally, as well as financially. You want to know the home care agency, as a business, is following all the necessary legal requirements so they are liable for the caregiver as their employee and you are not. Senior Home Care Agencies must hire the Caregiver as their employee and pay for all payroll taxes and Worker’s Compensation Insurance in order to protect you if any injuries occur while the Caregiver is providing care. If the Caregiver were working directly for you as an independent contractor, they would be able to sue you if they had a physical injury on the job or felt there were other abuses. All of our agencies employ their Caregivers to protect you from this liability.

Why In Home Care Is Better Than A Nursing Home…

Most elders would prefer to stay in their own homes, where they know their neighbors and can associate memories with each piece of furniture and object around them, rather than move to an institution as they age.

Things that can make “aging in place” — the current term for staying in one’s own home as one ages — problematic are tasks such as cooking, cleaning, toileting, shopping, doing laundry, and driving, as well as falls, which for frail elders could initiate a downward spiral.

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