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Helping Your Aging Parent Stay Home Longer

Updated on October 28, 2011

How to Keep Their Dignity

Over the years, the percentage of seniors moving in with their adult children has increased. For some, their reasons are economic. Their retirement savings were not adequate or lost in the latest economic downturn. Then, there are others who are forced to look at other housing options due to their reduced physical limitations. Driving a car, running errands, fixing meals, walking up and down stairs, all simple activites for most of us. But as we age, even these small chores can become dangerous. So what do you do?

The first thing is to assess the situation and determine what type of care is required and how much. The next step is to find someone who can partner with you in this process. For many, the next logical call is to either an independent or nursing home facility. Both types of facilities are excellent choices. Independent facilities offer managable living spaces where parents can be monitored and fed but are still given their freedom. Nursing homes are better for those who are not able to do for themselves due to either mental and or physical imparities. But what if you could care for your aging parent in their own home and still receive excellent care and with a peace of mind?

Consider in-home health care

Who wouldn't want to stay in their own home as long as possible. For some seniors, giving up their home equates giving up all they have worked for. Not only that, moving even just a few miles can cause depression. When I moved 8 miles away, it took some time to get used to new grocery stores and different ways to get around--and I wanted to move. Imagine if you were foreced? The good news is that there are many companies that offer in-home healthcare services all across the country. Many healthcare referral sites even offer services like errand running and maid services as well.

Benefits of in-home healthcare

  • Senior keeps control of his/her life
  • Senior can safely stay home and continue life as usual
  • Senior develops a relationship with caregiver since it is usually the same person giving the care (no shift workers)
  • Costs are controlled and kept lower
  • Adult child has peace of mind

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