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Aging Gracefully In The Comfort of Your Own Home

It has been said that there is an art to aging and part of mastering it [the art] is accepting, with grace all that we can no longer do on our own. It’s far easier said than done and like everything else in life, it’s a process to fully accept.
Once the process has come full circle and one has become comfortable with their newly acquired limitations, the daunting question of who is going to help becomes incredibly prevalent. Oftentimes, family members step in to provide continuous assistance for their loved ones without being fully aware of all it entails. And, often, the family member quickly realizes that they may have bitten off far more than they can manage, leaving them feeling overwhelmed, stressed, guilty and sometimes feeling isolated.
Inevitably, they may ask themselves what would be in the best interest of their elderly loved one. Traditional options have often led folks to nursing homes as well assisted living facilities and hospice care; but today, more and more families have steered away from those options and have opted to keep their loved one in their own homes.
Home care services have provided a protective umbrella which allows the elderly to stay in the comfort of their very own homes without disrupted services. An example of some of the non-medical services offered are as follows:
• Personal care/Grooming
• Transportation to and from appointments as well as errands
• Cooking/meal preparation and light housekeeping
• Companionship (to name a few)
These services create an intimate and trusting bond between the caregiver and client. It also provides a reprieve/respite for the family member that cares for their loved one. Consequently, it’s incredibly easy to become depleted when being the sole caregiver to an aging or infirmed person. Therefore, it’s imperative that the caregiver is also taken care of, so that they can continue to look after their loved one.
Ultimately, in home care is safe (all caregivers are thoroughly screened, and extensive background checks are conducted), affordable, effective and can minimize hospitalization and nursing home placement. This proficient option should certainly be considered when speaking with your aging loved ones, physicians and support groups.

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