Perhaps you're feeling lonely and depressed. You're forgetting to take your medications, and seem to be losing track of important appointments. The dishes and laundry may be piling up, preparing a meal may be difficult, and you may no longer be able to drive to the local market for food and supplies. Or, perhaps you have fallen in the bath, or are having difficulty climbing the stairs, or even navigating around your own home. These are all tell-tale signs you need help.
The kind of help you seek is a very important decision and should be discussed with family members and doctors carefully to determine whether home health care is appropriate for you. You may have considered moving to an assisted living facility, as many seniors often do when experiencing mental and physical decline. Assisted living has many advantages, such as greater social interaction, but this option isn't always the best choice for everyone. Moving from your familiar surroundings to a group home may feel like a drastic step, one you're just not comfortable with. So, what should you do?
For many, the ability to stay at home while receiving care seems more acceptable. At-home care helps many seniors cope with physical and cognitive limitations without a complete disruption in day-to-day routines. Certified Home Health Aides (HHAs) can be scheduled full or part-time, according to your individual needs, and can help manage routines seamlessly. HHAs may also provide skilled nursing care and therapy, offer companionship, and may even assist with transportation needs.
The HHA you choose should be interviewed thoughtfully, keeping in mind your expectations and needs. Family members should participate in choosing an HHA, especially if they reside in the same home. Religious and cultural differences should be addressed, so that personal beliefs do not conflict with your comfort and care program.
To learn more about at-home care options, and for help finding a certified, bonded HHA, visit our website.