As we age, it becomes harder and harder to do the things we once took for granted. Simple activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, and errands can be extremely difficult for some older people. As a result, seniors often enter assisted living facilities when they realize they can no longer fully care for themselves. While this move addresses some immediate problems, it isn’t the ideal choice for everyone. Many seniors would prefer to live in their own homes for as long as possible. When forced to give up that cherished independence, they suffer. In these instances, in-home care can fill the gap.
In-Home Care Helps Seniors
In-home care provides help with the activities of daily living we face as a normal part of our lives. These could include tasks like housekeeping, laundry, meal planning and preparation, bathing, and more. Once seniors have this additional support in place, they can then lead safer and healthier lives in their own homes. Of course, every senior’s needs will be different. Some require only a few hours of help every week. Others benefit from daily caregiving. A smaller number of seniors benefit from live-in care, where a team of providers stay in the client’s home on a continual basis.
Live in Care Offers Continuity and Added Security
With live-in care, a team of caregivers works in the senior’s home for 24 hours, seven days a week. Under a typical arrangement, one caregiver will work in the home for four days, sleeping six hours per night, and a second caregiver will work the remaining three days while also sleeping six hours per night. This structure allows for consistency of care and creates and environment where the clients and their caregivers can form a relationship. Live-in caregivers perform the same functions as traditional caregivers by providing help with chores, errands, and self-care. They also provide much-needed companionship for seniors who can easily become isolated as their mobility begins to fade.
Live-in care is extremely helpful for patients with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. These patients often require regular assistance and monitoring but little in the way of ongoing medical care. It can also be a great service for patients who are returning home after surgery or other acute care. In these instances, live-in care may only be temporary as the client recovers. Once they’re healthy again and have returned to full independence, live-in care can come to a natural conclusion. This type of care can also be helpful for seniors who live far away from family members who, under normal circumstances, might step in to provide added help.
Every Client’s Needs are Different
As we mentioned earlier, every senior finds different benefits from in-home care. As a result, we don’t offer one-size-fits-all solutions. That’s why we start each of our client relationships with a thorough needs analysis. This comes in the form of a meeting between one of our care coordinators, the client, and any friends or family members who’d like to be involved. During these meetings we discuss the client’s needs, their desired goals from in-home care, and how Generations Home Care can help them meet those goals.
We then draw up a customized care plan — approved by client and their families — which outlines the exact services they need. Once that plan is in place, we select the caregiver we believe is best-suited to provide the care for each individual client. If live-in care is required, we’ll follow the same process by assessing the client’s exact needs, addressing them in a plan, and selecting the caregivers we believe can execute that plan.
In many ways, live-in care offers the same support as assisted living facilities. So, individuals who opt for live-in care are often able to delay a move into assisted living. If you or an older loved one lives in Arizona and would like to learn more about how Generations Home Care can help provide qualified live-in care, contact us today.
About Generations Home Care
Generations Home Care personalized in-home care and support services help those recovering from illness, injury or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier and independent life.
We offer levels of care ranging from companionship, to respite for the primary family caregiver, to homemaking services, to assistance with activities of daily living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Generations Home Care takes a holistic approach and emphasize a consistent, client-centered plan of care.
Our Specialty Services Include:
- Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
- Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
- Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
- Veteran’s connection to care program.
- Live-in services and couples care.
If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.