It’s normal for an independent adult to initially discard the idea of a caregiver in the home, but eventually, the reality cannot be denied when additional help is necessary. Fortunately, once an older adult understands the advantages of senior care, he or she is more agreeable or open to the idea. Aging adults feel safer in their homes with a caregiver nearby and there is more social engagement, too. Personal safety and conversation are both vital to a high quality of life.
Help your loved one understand the benefits of a home caregiver. Consider the following 5 lifestyle improvements in your loved one’s senior care:
- A caregiver can dial up help quickly in an emergency.
One can’t deny the increased risk of living alone in an emergency. Medical emergencies are viable concerns as people age. Falls, strokes, and heart attacks are common. When an older person has caregiver assistance, they are more likely to receive fast lifesaving medical support because the caregiver can dial up help quickly in an emergency and relay detailed information about the situation to emergency responders.
- Caregivers prevent isolation.
Humans are social beings and everyone needs conversation to remain healthy. As people age, it’s even more important to have communication on a regular basis. Having a caregiver in the home expands the aging adult’s social world and reduces feelings of loneliness. Isolation has dangerous cognitive consequences. Loneliness is actually connected to the increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
- Enjoy outings with friends and family again.
An adult who can’t drive is challenged to be included in family events, simply because of the transportation problem. However, a home caregiver can drive the older adult to outings, making family parties and other occasions accessible again.
- Caregivers help with chores around the home.
The chores that were easy at one time become more and more difficult. Aging adults needing senior care may find chores impossible. Caregivers can take care of household chores, errands, cooking, and clean up. The home will be tidy, and the senior can enjoy delicious home-cooked meals again!
- Caregivers allow people to remain in the comfort of home.
Who wouldn’t want to stay in the comfort of a home as long as possible! Aging adults who eventually need additional care can remain in the comfort of home with caregiving assistance instead of moving to an assisted living community. It’s an ideal solution for those who aren’t receiving full-time medical care.