The largest population in America until recently, some 76 million Baby Boomers are quickly approaching retirement age. Born between 1946 and 1964, this group is more active than their parents and grandparents were, traveling, exercising and often working well into their 80’s. What’s more, AARP reports that 90 percent of senior citizens surveyed say they wish to remain in their homes. As a result, what was once an inevitable rite of passage for senior citizens – checking into a nursing home – has been replaced by in-home care, provided by health care professionals who are keen to offer a favorable alternative to the dreaded public institution:
How Home Care is Different
- Unlike nursing homes, which have one staff member to oversee several residents at a time, in-home caregivers work one-on-one with clients, giving them the personal care and attention they deserve. This is not only more humane but safer, since lower patient-to-caregiver quotients mean that little things, such as mental and physical changes don’t go unnoticed.
- Instead of forcing them to leave the comfort of their own home and familiar neighborhood to live in a sterile, impersonal environment, home care affords clients the luxury of enjoying the home they worked so hard to create. Home health care providers come to the patient’s house or apartment and offer care, as needed. This is great, since senior health requirements can change on a dime. Also, home care clients aren’t forced to pay for services for which they have no need.
- Although some believe that home health care is more costly than a nursing home, this is not always the case. Consider the fact that many seniors who are eligible to stay at home do not need round-the-clock care. The great thing about in-home care is that you pay only for what you need. Care services can range from a few times each week, to daily visits, or even overnight stays.
- Flexibility is the norm for in-home care giving situations. In some cases, two seniors may live together. In the case where one partner may need more intense care than another, in-home care givers could stay to provide palliative care while the more able-bodied senior runs errands or takes a break. Also, in-home care can be given to people who are in need of assistance for daily activities such as meal preparation, personal grooming and medication monitoring.
- In the event a senior suffers from memory impairment, he or she will take great comfort in the luxury of living at home. Care givers can help make sure that the home environment remains suitable for the patient even as his or her condition changes. For example, rugs may need to be anchored securely to wood floors, locks may need to be installed on interior and exterior doors and medications may need to be stowed away.
Located in Upland, California, SYNERGY HomeCare is the only non-medical home care company with the proprietary C.A.R.E. Team approach. At SYNERGY HomeCare, C.A.R.E. stands for Coordinated and Responsive Engagement and means that we don’t just provide home care, we provide solutions! All of our Care Team members are trusted and experienced, thoroughly reference-checked, nationally background-checked, licensed, and insured. Invite us to your home for a FREE in-home consultation. Call 909-920-0333 or email [email protected] for families living in Glendora, Covina, Walnut, West Covina, San Dimas, LaVerne, Pomona, Claremont, Ontario, Montclair, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga or Fontana, California. Why Synergy/Inland Empire? Because we C.A.R.E.!