Choosing in-home care for our aging loved ones can have many benefits over institualization or assisted living. Numerous studies support this type of personalized attention as it offers several key advantages such as increased quality of life for the patient; and affordability for their benefactors. Not to mention that recipients have been shown to recover better and experience improved mental health when cared for in the home. While these qualities are of utmost importance, they pale in comparison to the most favorable benefit that they provide. That benefit is the increased quality time that they fpromote with our loved onesâat a point when time is particularly significant.
Typical caregiving activities like scheduling and preparing meals, assisting with medication, and prompting or facilitating personal hygiene can take a toll on us, the adult children, and reduce our focus from those who are most important to us. This ârole reversalâ can be especially challenging as it is often met with hostility, which can quickly deteriorate a relationship. A caregivers presence in the home allows the adult child to focus on the parent, rather than assuming the role of one. Conversations can be kept on the level of fond memories and intimate conversation instead of meal times and bathing.
Potentially, the surest ways to safeguard this precious quality time is to hire a licensed home care agency. Hiring an agency, rather than independent caregiver, offers several significant advantages during this all-important time, among these are:
If a loved one in your life needs extra care and attention we hope youâll consider Home by Choice. We are the only locally owned and operated private home care agency in the Gainesville area and a recent recipient of the Gainesville Sun Readers Choice Award in the category of home care, for the 2nd year in a row.