How supportive home care assistance can help a senior loved one at home
Aging is a part of life. We can’t simply stop the clock. For most older adults, the time will come when a little extra assistance performing the tasks of daily living is necessary. In fact, there’s a 2 out of 3 chance that a senior becomes physically or cognitively impaired in their lifetime. This will usually require long term care support from family caregivers. It might also include home care assistance through hired caregivers and home health aides, among others.
Senior home care facts and statistics
- Millions of Americans and seniors receive home care support. Home health services for the elderly is a well-established industry.
- Caregivers are in short supply. The rise of an aging America has created a shortage of qualified caregivers and home health aides for senior support. However, Chosen Family Home Care combats this by paying our caregivers the highest average wage in Philadelphia. Because of this, we not only have a steady supply of caregivers, but many of our caregivers have elder care experience as well as advanced certifications such as HHA and CNA training.
- A majority of family caregivers for older adults feel overwhelmed by their caregiving support, and there are over 40 million family caregivers. Those caring for senior loved ones benefit from respite home care for elderly.
The desire for elders to age independently at home
Staying in one’s own home for as long as possible is an attractive option. In fact, about 90 percent of older adults want to age within their own home. For some seniors, moving into a long term care facility like an assisted living facility or a nursing home is an option. For millions more older adults, “aging in place” at home is ideal. With many seniors and the elderly, this goal that can be attained through the help of senior home care.
Chosen Family Home Care exists to ensure that seniors can get the most out of life. Plus, we offer loved ones peace of mind as well through hands on care of family members right in their home.
What does senior home care, also referred to as elderly home care, entail? How do you know if it’s the right choice for you or a loved one?
There are a large array of different senior home care services available to older adults aging in place. Many senior home care options will fall into one of two different categories.
Home Care Assistance
For starters, one category focuses on personal care services in home care that assist with activities of daily living through hired caregivers. Additionally, they can also focus on other needed senior support areas. The services offered may vary. Overall, they are tailored to meet the needs of the seniors that they serve. For example, support might include homemaker services, running errands, and housekeeping help.
Other services might include companionship and hands-on assistance with a senior. Caregivers might help older adults bathe, get dressed, and cook, among other things.
Home Health Care
Home healthcare for seniors, on the other hand, tends to focus more on skilled (professional) care. These are usually services provided by a licensed nurse or physical and occupational therapist.
Some examples might include:
- Wound care
- Education provided to clients and/or their caregivers
- IV therapies
- Giving medications or injections
- Monitoring and evaluating illness and disabilities
Skilled nursing staff includes:
- Registered nurses
- Licensed practical nurses
- Licensed vocational nurses
- Speech/Language pathologists
- Medical directors
Paying for senior home care
Home care support for the elderly is often a much cheaper alternative than other long term care options. Examples include assisted living or nursing homes.
We provide detail on how much senior home care assistance costs across Pennsylvania in our following article:
Long term care insurance is another option for elders to pay for home care assistance. We have a comprehensive guide with extensive information on what one needs to know about long term care insurance below:
Much of home care is paid for privately by families or senior loved one. This type of senior care is referred to as private pay home care or private duty home care. Check out our guide here:
Finally, Pennsylvania’s Medicaid waiver is another option for elders to pay for home care assistance. Read our Medicaid waiver resources below:
- A Beginners Guide to Using Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Waiver for Home Care
- Get Paid to Care For A Loved One in Pennsylvania: A Guide
Home care assistance provided by Chosen Family Home Care
Chosen Family Home Care can offer all of these services based on a senior’s need. This can be done independently or with the collaboration of a senior home health organization. Many older adults might need some combination of both home care support for activities of daily living as well as skilled home care.
Chosen Family Home Care provides non-medical services that promote long term health and happiness at home for seniors. Plus, Chosen Family Home Care performs free assessments by a care manager for all potential and current senior clients. This determines the best way to meet the needs of our clients. We consider a variety of factors in our tailored approach. This might include one’s budget, level of family support, and their individual desires and preferences.
The Chosen Family Home Care Approach
Chosen Family Home Care is a leading provider of senior home care services. We span the Philadelphia and greater Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania. We help elderly adults age in place in the comfort of their own homes.
In the face of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Chosen Family Home care also knows that older adults need help now more than ever. As the premier home care company for seniors, we’ve been trusted by the Philadelphia community to allow seniors to age in their own homes independently and with dignity.