Many adult children are left with the responsibility and the tasks of caring for their senior parents. More often than not, a care plan is not established prior to the senior parent needing additional assistance. In fact, some people are rejecting retirement all together and continuing to work into their 90s. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, there are 1.2 million people 75 and older who work full time or part time. By 2019, more than 40% of Americans 55 plus will be working, making up over 25% of the U.S. labor force.
Chronic health conditions or a sudden health concern can require more assistance and more medical care, either in the home or in an assisted living home. The adult parent is often left feeling burdened and responsible for this additional care, many times it may not be possible. Most adult children have their own careers or their own children to care for. It then comes time to make the decision is the senior parent would function better in a nursing home type setting or in their own home with home health care. Home health care allows the seniors to keep their independence, while still receiving the additional assistance they require.
There are different types of home health care companies that provide different elder care services. Each home care company has a variety of caregivers, as well, each with their own skills and experiences. One caregiver may fit perfectly with one senior, whereas they are unable to provide the necessary elder care services to another. A specific example of this is with Alzheimer?s care and dementia care. Some caregivers are more experienced in the specialized care of diseases like Alzheimer?s and dementia. Those with these types of diseases often require a little more assistance and might require activities to slow down the progression of the disease. Also, almost two thirds of U.S. Alzheimer?s patients are women. These women suffering with Alzheimer?s might prefer a specific gender when it comes to their caretaker.
Other elder care services might include assistance with household chores, errands food and meal preparation, medication management, activity assistance, dressing and hygiene assistance and even transportation to medical and personal appointments. Some home health care agencies will only offer some of those tasks. It is important to figure out what tasks will need assistance and which home health agency is the best fit.
Another important factor to look for when choosing a home health care is the availability of schedules. Some home health care agencies will only provide elder care services during regular business hours. Others may provide elder care services around the clock, even offering overnight caretaking duties. It is important to figure out when assistance is most needed, and then search for a home health care agency that fits those hours. It is likely that you will find all options when searching within your home city. As of 2010, approximately 12 million individuals receive care from more than 33,000 providers (for causes including illness, long term health conditions, permanent disability or terminal illness). There are home health care agencies available for all types of assistance.
It can be a stressful situation when a senior adult requires additional assistance. Adult children may feel responsible for the care of their parent, but may not have the time or the money to do so. Nursing homes are an option, but require a huge change in living conditions for the parent. An ideal option tends to be home health care in the home, allowing the parent to hold onto their independence. It is important to figure out what type of assistance is needed, if any specialized care is needed and what hours assistance will be needed in order to find a home health care agency that fits your personalized needs.