As the population of Massachusetts rapidly ages, the need for home care services for seniors continues to grow at an accelerated rate. A study by the University of Massachusetts Boston reports that one in five Massachusetts residents (20% of Massachusetts’ population) is now aged 60 or over.
While a small percentage of these aging seniors are healthy enough to take care of themselves, others are not as fortunate. With the advancement of preventive medicine and anti-aging technologies, the number of seniors who live alone will continue to rise, however there will always be a need for care assistance for those who have difficulties maintaining their independence. Family members are not always able to attend to every need of their aging parent or grandparent, particularly if that person needs frequent assistance. A nursing home is often a last resort solution, which is why home care companies provide such an essential service.
A home care agency can usually help with a variety of personal care services and chores around the home. Depending on the requirements of your elderly family member, you can find home care services that can send a care provider daily, weekly, around the clock or however often is required. These care providers can do minor household chores, help with bathing and dressing, as well as administer medications as needed. Having such a service available can make the difference between your loved one maintaining their independence at home, or having to be placed in an assisted living or nursing facility.
When you decide to pursue in-home care services, help your loved one with the interview and selection process. Have the agency send a caregiver over to spend some time with your loved one, so they can see if the match is a good one. Not every match is right and it’s important that you hire an agency that understands this. The entire experience of hiring a caregiver will be much more successful for everyone if you determine the needs and wants of your loved one while involving him or her in the process of finding the most suitable caregiver.
Senior Homecare Solutions provides elder care and companionship services to elderly clients and their families within Newton, Brookline and Wellesley, Massachusetts and surrounding areas. Call (617) 431-1165 or Request an Assessment Interview online to have all your questions answered.