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In home health care—Welcome this well-deserved service in your home
Vitae Care Social Media Team—Sunday, March 19, 2017
Many senior citizens refuse to accept support. They are reluctant and have a variety of concerns because they do not see the benefits of dignity, quality of life, and well-being finding their way back into their lives.
The difference between family caregiving and professional in-home care
The senior citizen population in the United States is on the rise, a rapidly growing community. Although some elderly individuals may perfectly manage their everyday routine, others might need the care and support of in home health care. What almost all seniors have in common is that they would prefer to stay in their homes rather than move into an assisted living community or nursing home. A guide for family caregivers from Johns Hopkins Medicine states, “Four of ten Americans are actually caregivers and that caregiving brings huge improvements in the quality of life and health of a loved one”, there is no doubt about it. Still, family members, friends, or even neighbors are often struggling with the intense schedule and demands of giving care. Successfully managing their own lives, jobs, and family activities—while also providing caregiving at the same time—is a major undertaking that no one should underestimate. To give care is beneficial and wonderful for individuals in need, yet family caregivers should not forget to take care of their own health, well-being, and needs so they do not end up burned out. This is why we see an increasing demand of in home health care. Vitae Care is a resource stepping in and giving distinguished, affordable, and professional care to loved ones to unburden family caregivers. Services are tailored to individualized needs, like specific respite care, and may be on a temporary basis only or even long term. Accepting professional support is a good decision and a smart solution that is beneficial for everyone involved.
Accepting support enables the elderly to continuously stay in their own home
These are all clear and understandable facts, but we must question why older persons are refusing to accept the support they deserve. Why do they refuse to acknowledge that it is okay to accept care and help? The answers are not simple, but they are understandable. Senior citizens want to keep up their independence. They are not used to having an aide in their own home, and they are most certainly not feeling old and in need of help. Seniors insist on remaining in their own homes, but sometimes they have a hard time confessing or communicating that they are having difficulties with their daily routines. Some of them might be worried and have financial concerns, so they are convinced that they cannot afford the services of in-home care. Somehow senior citizens don’t see the clear benefit that accepting services of an agency will, in fact, enable them to stay healthy and happy in their own homes for a longer period of time.
Convincing and guiding your loved one
How do you convince your loved one to accept this well-deserved support? It might be a multistep process that can be tricky at times, and it involves communication with the client in need, the personal caregiver or companion, and the person who initiates or suggests initiating in-home care for their loved ones. Vitae Care has the necessary skills and experience and is capable of building up a relationship of trust and collaboration one step at a time. Elderly people have usually experienced a change in time management because things have been slowing down over the years. Decisions shouldn’t be rushed because their adaptability to change is low, and routines cannot be broken easily or at all. Showing respect and honor to these circumstances is essential.
Communication and creativity are the magic words that come into play here. As a son, daughter, or relative, you should be part of the process to find and get to know the caring companion of your loved one. You can share your feelings and perceptions with the elderly in need, and it might be a lot easier for them to accept the caring companion if you show your own acceptance of the aide too. A second opinion might matter and help wash away concerns. You should talk about the benefits of good care and how it could improve your own life because it would take a load off your shoulders to know that there is someone who is caring for your loved one. Talk to your elderly family member in need and explain the benefits of a healthy cooked meal, good housekeeping, and proper personal care by someone who has the time and takes care of things. If you follow this path with your elders and involve them in the selection process, let them be comfortable and part of the decision. You will be able to make the right decision together, as well as find the right in-home care and a wonderful, supportive companion for the older person.
The benefits of well-being in your own home
Once the aging individual is about to feel the dignity and comfort of being in good hands with in-home care, he or she will realize and enjoy this new attachment. Embracing trust and confidence, regaining quality of life, and reestablishing comfort in the privacy of one’s own home improves well-being. Vitae Care will tailor a wonderful program and show you how affordable and beneficial a professional caring companion can be. Professional caregiving is the key for an independent, happy healthy, and safe life at home while aging.