How Are Seniors Able to Age at Home?

People are living alone in their homes well into their 80s and 90s.
Some wonder how that is possible. Old age doesn’t have to mean you give up your independence. There are elder care services that can help seniors age at home without ever struggling. Here are some families’ experiences with home care.

 

Caregiver in Pacifica CA: Seniors Aging at Home

Caregiver in Pacifica CA: Seniors Aging at Home

 

What is Home Care?

 

Home care is a service where you hire caregivers to provide elder care within a senior citizen’s home. Services vary depending on the client’s needs. Some caregivers are there for companionship while others cook meals and clean the home. Laundry, transportation, ambulation, personal care, and bathing are other options.

With this type of elder care, seniors are able to live in their homes without putting their safety or health at risk. They have someone to help them get ADLs and IADLs completed. They don’t have to accept care services that they don’t need. Caregivers only do the tasks they’re hired to help with. Services can be added or dropped as needed.

 

What Services Could Help Your Parents?

 

-Think about the things your parents do well. Now, think about what they often ask you to help complete? Do they need you to take them to stores? Do they ask you to help them carry heavy items downstairs? These are places to start when you’re looking into elder care services.

-Find a checklist of ADLs and IADLs online. Go over them and see what your parents say they struggle with. They may be able to do them with a different set-up. For example, if your dad doesn’t often shower because he’s afraid he’ll fall coming out, non-slip bath rugs and grab bars may give him the security he needs to continue doing that task independently.

-Is your mom forgetting to take medications? A pill dispenser with an audible alarm may work. She might also remember to take them if you simply call her. If she is confused finding her pills and opening the dispenser, she’ll need someone there to help her remember how to open the dispenser and take her pills.

 

How Do You Arrange Home Care?

It starts with a call to a home care agency. Talk to a representative about the things your parent does independently and those that seem to be excessively challenging. An expert can help you plan the best schedule and services for your parent’s finances and elder care needs.

Help your parent remain independent without stress or loneliness. Hire a caregiver to provide the necessary elder care services now.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Caregiver in Pacifica CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203

Evan Loevner, CEO

As a former hospital administrator, I launched Aviva with the goal of having a more focused, direct impact on the delivery of care than I could ever accomplish within a hospital setting. For me, the joy of running an organization like Aviva In-Home Care is having the ability to positively improve the lives of individuals needing customized care. As a passionate San Francisco resident, I know that many local seniors can benefit from new approaches to in-home care, that will bring them more connection to the community, and provide families with a greater sense of comfort that their loved one is indeed matched with an ideal caregiver. This starts by including the family throughout the care planning process, a key component of the concept of “family-centered care,” which has been adopted by top medical centers. A strong communication loop between family, the caregiver, Aviva management, and community healthcare practitioners is essential for ensuring that all the needs of the client are met. While this may not sound like a novel concept, it is not commonly practiced within the home care community.

At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.

As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.

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