Seniors mostly desire to live at home, or age in place. Yet, one of the primary reasons why many families choose to move their loved one to a senior care community is due to the isolation that seniors experience. This is due to the lack of a proper support system. Home Care Assistance of Northern Arizona has broken down the TOP TEN resources for seniors living at home:
1. Family and Friends
An obvious one, but it is important for the family and friends of the senior living at home to be reminded by family and friends that they want to be there and assist. Too often, we hear of our seniors feeling like they are a burden to the family. So, when your family & friends support system steps up to help, remember to continuously remind your loved on aging in place that you want to be there.
2. Geriatric Care Manager
A professional Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) can provide peace of mind to the family support system as well as relieve a great deal of stress for the entire family. GCM's help families navigate the aging in place process and become a bridge between other service providers in the home. Speaking with a Certified Geriatric Care Manager is the very first step when planning to have your loved one age in place.
3. Home Health Care
Angels Home Health Care
Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF). Services include wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound, patient and caregiver education, Intravenous or nutrition therapy, Injections and monitoring serious illness and unstable health status. The goal of home health care is to treat an illness or injury. Home health care helps you get better, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible. Source: HelpGuide.org
4. Certified Aging in Place Specialist
When aging in place at home, your loved one's home will need to be modified in order to accommodate the appropriate and future care. These in-home care pros will provide the advice necessary to make these home modifications to keep your senior safe and comfortable.
5. Occupational Therapist
Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital -
An Occupational Therapist's goals are to maintain healthy and safe daily lifestyles and practices for those aging in place as well as people with physical, mental or cognitive limitations. They take a customized and personalized approach to each individual living at home, focusing on the environment. These professionals help to educate the senior and family on best practices, habits, and skills to prolong independence.
6. Professional Organizer
In Your Space Consulting with Barbara Kult
As time goes on, those that are living at home may accumulate many things. Their "stuff" makes them feel at home, and independent. Therefore, sometimes it is necessary to assist in decluttering the home to maintain a safe and health environment. This is especially important as our seniors' start experiencing cognitive declines. Keeping the most important items accessible is key. If one resides in the same home for many years, it is not uncommon that one collects many things over time. A Professional Organizer can work with them to cut clutter and keep the home tidy, so the most important items are within reach and all “stuff” is manageable. Home organization becomes especially important as the senior starts to experience cognitive decline and a good Professional Organizer will be sensitive in moving too many items, knowing the confusion it may cause the individual.
7. End of Life Care
Hospice of the Pines
Hospice is traditionally an option for people whose life expectancy is six months or less, and involves palliative care (pain and symptom relief) rather than ongoing curative measures, enabling you to live your last days to the fullest, with purpose, dignity, grace, and support. While some hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities provide hospice care onsite, in most cases hospice is provided in the patient’s own home. This enables you to spend your final days in a familiar, comfortable environment, surrounded by your loved ones who can focus more fully on you with the support of hospice staff.
8. Concierge House Call Physicians & Home Care Dentists
Dr. J. Dan Morris
Seniors have a tendency to need more visits with their physicians and dentists. House call physicians and home care dentists are becoming more common. New technologies, equipment and practices allow physicians and dentists to visit seniors living at home. These physicians and dentists can provide high quality in-home care, hands-on care and help alleviate the stress associated with doctor office visits and associated travel.
The Senior Connection, Led by Debbie Stewart
Most cities have volunteer groups and organizations whose mission is to assist the elderly. Your city or county may also have a non-profit that supports seniors and in-home care. Understanding who and what these resources are will be very helpful to your support group.
10. Professional Caregivers and Home Care Assistance Company
Professional caregivers and in-home care assistance organizations like Home Care Assistance of Northern Arizona provide professional care by certified and credentialed professionals. These organizations provide both by the hour support as well as 24 hour care to the elderly while also providing hands-on care management and quality assurance to the family and support group. The expert team at Home Care Assistance of Northern Arizona provides critical advice, support and expert caregiver matching to produce the personalized care for the personality, lifestyle and needs of our loved ones.
Staying at home and aging in place is easily possible with the right family support structure and the help of a highly experienced, professional organization like Home Care Assistance of Northern Arizona.Sources:
Home Care Assistance of Northern Arizona
Home Care Assistance of Alamo, Ca., By Francesca Vogel