Seniors Living at Home: Personalized Care on Their Terms
As our population ages, independent living can often become difficult. Age takes its inevitable toll, making some household or personal tasks significant, day to day obstacles. While some people are able to continue to care for themselves or their loved one as they get older, others must make difficult choices regarding what everyday living will look like once help becomes necessary.
What Are Your Choices?
When limited mobility or chronic illnesses arise, this choice may involve a retirement home transition. Others may require a long-term care residence. One reality is a constant – that moving from home for greater personal care is usually emotionally difficult and costly; especially in Hastings and Prince Edward County. Our communities tend to have more seniors than anywhere else in Canada, with Bancroft at the peak.
Senior Care Needs May Change, But the Desire to Remain at Home is Strong.
An RBC survey found that 91% of Canada’s aging baby boomers said they want to stay in their home or in their neighbourhood and live independently as long as possible – and 83% would choose staying at home with care as needed.
It is here that seniors seeking affordable, professional, and caring personal services’ providers have an excellent option. A supported, but fully independent lifestyle is within easy reach with the help of mobile personal service providers.
When is In-Home Care a Good Choice?
It’s never too early to think about future needs. But when is in-home care a good option for aging seniors and their families?
- If there is a wait list at the facility. In-home care can be great during transitions.
- If a senior is not quite ready to commit to moving.
- If a senior needs time to reconsider assisted living as an option as their health deteriorates.
- If you live in a rural area or in a town where there simply isn’t assisted living or long-term care.
What Kind of Services Do In-Home Care Providers Offer?
Personal Support Workers (PSW) hold specific qualifications and experience caring for adults and seniors. Credentials include a PSW certificate and first aid/CPR training as well as a criminal background check.
The services they provide vary dependent on an individual’s needs and are easily customizable – whether it’s a little extra help around the house once a week or more intensive daily support. Options include:
- Light housekeeping or yard maintenance
- Meal preparation
- Transportation to appointments or for errands
- Personal care (dressing, feeding, bathing, etc.)
- Respite care for family or friends looking after a loved one
- Short-term care: e.g. transitions from a hospital stay or recovery from illness
Senior care is one of the most important issues in our community. We owe it to our seniors to ensure that they can access supportive, empathetic, and cost-effective care.
The in-home care option allows seniors to receive the care they require while maintaining their independence on their terms.
For more information, give us a call!
Timeless Care Inc.
Quality in-home care on your terms