Caring for the elderly

The Most Common Misconceptions about Home Care from an Elder’s Perspective
Caring for the elderly . Home care services remain a blessing to many caregivers, who have loved ones that need help with their daily activities. Even with that, adult children are more particular about choosing a stranger to come into their home and look after their loved one. As the popularity of home care services keeps growing, quite a number of elders are even uncertain about what home care entails or how to secure reliable home care services. Fortunately, these issues can be fixed by shedding light on the well-known misconceptions about home care from an elder’s perspective.

A few these misconceptions include:

Home care is costly and can only be afforded by the wealthy:
The reverse is the case. Home care is in fact one of the most affordable choices for those in need, not necessarily seniors. However, majority of elders believed that it is beyond what they can afford. Although costs for home care vary among agencies, they are more flexible as home care experts can work with you for a few hours per week or offer 24 hours care. In addition, there are ways for elderly parents to afford quality home care. With new programs such as long-term care insurance, senior citizens are able to afford quality home care for themselves.

Abuse from home care workers and sometimes, they steal from us

This is absolutely true and sadly, it gives a bad reputation for the caregiver who is caring and honest. However, it can be avoided by asking the home care agency how they usually screen their applicants and whether they carry out background checks. Older children can inquire about how their staffs are trained and whether they are certified. Generally, agencies have a supervisor who looks after the work of the caregiver, so you have nothing to worry about. In case of any abuse or theft, the caregiver can be easily reported and apprehended.

Home care takes away my independence

The majority of elders claim that home care takes away their independence. Regrettably, it can be difficult to convince some elders that the opposite is true. A professional caregiver can really be of help in keeping seniors safer at home. Reputable home care agency will endeavour to match caregivers with elders of related interests. Elders or adult children should ensure that the potential caregiver is trained, screened and insured. A reputable agency must offer reference and background checks of their caregivers at the time of the meeting setup.

I have no control over who comes into my home

That is far from being true. The seniors have full control over who comes to their home. Home care agencies will work with both the seniors and their older children to employ the services of an in-home caregiver, who has the personality and skills that best match the needs and lifestyle of the senior.
With lots of misconceptions regarding home care services, seniors and older parents must be ready to perform some researches and ask questions.

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