Many seniors cherish their independence as they age. But with approximately 10,000 baby boomers reaching retirement age every day until the year 2030, according to the Pew Research Center, many Americans in this age group are facing new challenges with daily living. As a result, it comes as no surprise that private home care is one of the most sought-after services.
Why Do Seniors Need Private Home Care?
Private duty care—also referred to as personal care—is a subset of in home care that includes any type of non-medical assistance that a senior may require to live a safe and comfortable life in their own home. Private home care is meant to delay or prevent an aging person’s move to assisted living or a nursing home. Since personal, non-medical assistance and care are what most families seek for their loved one, in-home services are specifically designed to help that person keep his or her autonomy while also ensuring their quality of life, safety, and urgent attention in an emergency.
What Types of Services Are Included?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 37 percent of in home care patients over 65 receive assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and 17 percent receive help with homemaking services such as cooking and cleaning around the house. ADLs could include grooming and bathing, toileting, dressing, moving in and out of bed, and eating. A home care specialist may also pick up and administer prescriptions and medications, shop for groceries, transport the senior, run errands, and care for any pets.
What Are the Benefits of Personal Care?
Professional home care provides a family with the peace of mind of knowing their loved one is in good hands and getting the best care. According to a report from the Home Care Association of America in coordination with the Global Coalition on Aging, 43 percent of seniors reported feeling lonely, while 21 percent of older adults reported missing out on social activities due to lack of mobility. Home care services offer remedies to these common challenges faced by our aging population by connecting seniors living at home with social activities and transportation services. Additionally, the report found that seniors with personal care services also had to visit the doctor 25 percent less each year than older adults without home care services.
Why Choose Dependable In Home Care?
Founded in 1969, Dependable In Home Care is a family-owned, third generation business with nearly a half-century of experience in private home care for the elderly, disabled, and those with special needs. Our caregivers each bring a minimum of two years of experience and have passed meticulous background and drug checks before hiring. With costs that are 15-30 percent less than other local service providers, we are proud to offer the most affordable private duty caregivers in the New Orleans area. Please call us at (504) 486-5044 or fill out our contact form to discuss the needs of your loved one.