When family members first start to consider home care for their senior loved ones, they can quickly become overwhelmed with all the available information on home care and home care services. At times, it becomes challenging to separate the truth from bias or misinformation.
In this article, we will discuss 5 common misconceptions about home care.
Misconception #1 – The best person to take care of an ageing loved one is a family member
In some cases, this may be true, but not always. Those caught in the sandwich generation – who take care of their own children as well as their ageing parents – can find providing care to be extremely stressful, particularly if they have a full-time career as well. Furthermore, their parents may need care that they are not capable of or comfortable providing. A home care worker can put their minds at ease while ensuring that their senior loved ones get the care that they need.
Misconception #2 – Home care is only for sick people
Actually, many able seniors could also benefit from a little extra help. There is more to home care services than just attending to a person’s medical needs. Caregiving also includes helping seniors run errands, doing some light housework or meal planning, or simply providing some companionship.
Misconception #3 – If I hire a home care worker, my senior loved one will lose their independence
Hiring a home care worker can help your senior loved one gain independence both for your loved one and yourself. You gain the peace of mind that your loved one is being cared for, and they gain more confidence from having the support and companionship.
Misconception #4 – Home care is only a short-term solution
Home care can be both short and long-term. It can be a short-term solution for someone who may only need assistance while they are recovering from surgery. But it can also be a long-term solution when helping someone as they age. Home health care can even provide palliative and end of life care.
Misconception #5 – Home care is not a good solution for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia
The truth is that with the right support, many seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia can live at home. There are many caregivers who are specifically trained in this area and can help engage seniors while providing peace of mind to the family members by reducing safety risks and helping slow the progression of the disease.
If you are not sure about whether home care is the right choice for your senior loved one, we can help you by answering any questions you may have and providing suggestions on how home care might work best for your family.
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