Independence at Home
As a case manager for Synergy HomeCare of North Georgia, I get the opportunity to meet many different people from all walks of life. Often times, as I help a new client start service, I hear what a relief it is to have help. Occasionally, though, people seem to have the idea that having home care is an admission of their dependence on others. Many lovely individuals have told me that they just don't want to be a burden for their children and they feel like their only recourse is to go into a nursing home. Of the estimated 79 million Americans that became Senior Citizens in 2011, only a small fraction actually need to go into a nursing home.
At Synergy HomeCare we promote Independence at Home.
Our caregivers are in the home to encourage and help their clients remain strong and active as seniors. Having a caregiver can provide the reassurance that client's often need to be able to perform certain tasks, like showering and dressing, without fear of falling or injury. Even if your loved one tells you they are "doing fine on their own ", you can explain to them that homecare can provide assistance while still allowing maximum freedom; unlike facilities which are typically regulated environments.
Care in the home promotes healing.
In the comfort of their own home they are surrounded by familiar associations and memories. This can delay the need for moving into a nursing home or even assisted living for those who simply prefer to stay at home. Additionally, when the time is right to choose an assisted living or nursing home, overlapping the services and having a caregiver come to the facility can make the transition much easier.
Helping a loved one who denies that they need help can be a challenge. If you find yourself in this position, the case managers at Synergy HomeCare are a great resource to talk with. We can help you and your loved one to remain as strong and independent as possible as they enter this new phase of life.