Arranging quality care and assistance for your senior loved one can present a challenge. Of the many options available to you, you want to choose the one that will provide the best possible care for your family member while also providing excellent quality of life.
3 Ways In-Home Companion Care Benefits Your Loved One
In-home companion care gives your loved one the assistance they need to maintain their independence as well as a vital social connection they can look forward to. Choosing in-home care benefits seniors in three essential ways:
1. Quality of Life
Maintaining a good quality of life reduces depression, loneliness, and other health risks seniors face. As you assess quality of life for a senior, consider each of the following:
- Social Connection—Of the many things that contribute to quality of life, connections with other people are among the most important. Developing relationships with caregivers reduces feelings of loneliness or isolation and promotes overall well-being.
- Independence—Remaining at home helps seniors maintain their independence within a familiar environment. Caregivers can offer assistance where needed while not extensively altering your loved one’s daily routine.
- Staying Active—Physical and mental activity contributes significantly to feelings of usefulness and happiness. It has even been incorporated into the daily routine of elderly people as a way to help treat depression. Interacting with a caregiver helps seniors stay active in an enjoyable, comfortable environment.
- Adequate Personal Care—Hygiene, healthy meals, and safe homes all contribute to increased quality of life for seniors. As your loved one ages, he or she may benefit from assistance with daily routines like meal preparation, medication, bathing, and fall prevention.
Companion care gives seniors the essential social connections and assistance they need, while also allowing them to remain in the comfort of their own home.
2. Life Expectancy
In addition to the quality of life factors discussed above, life expectancy may be affected by mental states of loneliness or isolation. Building healthy social interactions into your loved one’s routine can reduce stress, boost the immune system, and reduce risk of heart disease. It can also help a senior maintain a healthier lifestyle by encouraging physical activity, promoting a healthier diet, and providing medication reminders.
Home companion care offers a less costly way of providing assistance to your elderly loved one as compared with an assisted living facility or skilled nursing facility. Seniors may also qualify for financial assistance through the VA and Medicaid, or you may be eligible to receive tax credits. Long-term care insurance and asset conversion also provide viable options for covering the cost of home care for your elderly loved one.
When Is Home Care the Right Choice?
Home care offers families the comfort of knowing their senior family member will receive the assistance they need while remaining in their own home. Caregivers can meet essential needs such as:
- Social interaction
- Transportation to appointments
- Assistance with physical activity
- Personal care
As your loved one ages, home care provides peace of mind in knowing that he or she will be comfortable, secure, and safe.
To learn more about companion care and how caregivers can benefit senior quality of life, download this FREE Guide to Home Care.