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The Benefits of Home Care

The vast majority of seniors say they want to remain in their own homes as they age. At ProperCare, our home care professionals work with families to help an elder loved one continue to live independently. It’s very rewarding work and we’re pleased to be able to help so many area families meet the challenges of aging.
When ProperCare is contacted by families seeking help, we discover that it’s common that many people aren’t aware of the full scope of services available. Here are just some of the services we provide and how they can help your loved one live a more fulfilling life.
Companionship and Life Enrichment
One of the greatest benefits of home care is often overlooked – the simple act of connecting with another human being. According to a study conducted by geriatricians and the University of California, San Francisco, 43 percent of seniors report feeling lonely at least some of the time. They also discovered that loneliness can be dangerous to one’s health. In this study, seniors who felt lonely had a 45 percent greater risk of death than those who felt connected to others. Additionally, a different study, conducted at Brigham Young University, shows that the health effect of loneliness is comparable to obesity. An in-home caregiver can provide a source of companionship, someone to talk to, play cards with, or take a trip to the zoo. We’ve discovered that the relationship between caregiver and care receiver become important for both parties, enriching both of their lives.
Personal Care
As we age, many everyday activities, such as dressing and bathing, can become more challenging. An in- home caregiver can help seniors manage day-to-day activities, from medication reminders to assisting with performing a prescribed exercise program, which  ensure their safety and security, while allowing them to remain in their home.
 Fall Prevention
Seniors are at a much higher risk for falls and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are the leading cause of injury in the elderly. Falls account for over 70 percent of ER visits for older adults. A care manager can provide an assessment of the home and care needs. They will create a care plan for your loved one, and provide suggestions on how to provide a home environment that reduces the risk for falls. They can also work with your loved one to find other ways to reduce fall risk, such as assisting with a physician-approved exercise program, accompanying them on walks and simply being around to reach for items that are out of the senior’s reach.
 Household chores
A home care professional can also help with daily errands, such as light housekeeping, driving and accompanying people to medical appointments, picking up groceries or prescriptions, laundry and organizing the household.
Respite Care
An in-home caregiver can also provide support to a family caregiver, so they can take a needed vacation, go to work, or simply find some alone time. Respite service provides professional and compassionate care, so the caregiver can be confident in knowing their loved one is being taken care of.
Home care provides a variety of services designed to increase the well-being of seniors while providing peace of mind to family members. Learn more about the services we offer and how they can help you and your loved one.

Categories: Caregiving, Geriatric Care

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