Respite Care

More and more seniors are choosing to age in place. After all, who doesn’t want to grow old in their own home? It’s where you feel most comfortable and secure.

As ideal as it may seem, aging in place can be a significant source of concern for family members when their elderly loved one has difficulties with domestic responsibilities and activities of daily living.

Are you concerned about your loved one’s ability to live independently or your growing responsibilities as their caregiver? Why not consider home care services for the elderly?

These in-home care benefits will help you decide if it’s the right option, not only for your senior loved one but also for everybody concerned:

1. Provide a more personalized level of care. 

Residents of senior care facilities are often required to adhere to rigid schedules and care routines. With home care, however, the care services are tailored to the specific needs and timetable of the client. Your elderly loved one will get the help and care they need any time they need it.

The in-home care setting also provides caregivers and their patients the opportunity to develop a strong bond that could prove valuable for aging seniors.

2. Allow seniors the benefits of caring companionship.

Seniors who live alone, especially those with health or mobility issues, are more likely to suffer from depression. Thus, the company of a live-in or in-home caregiver could be very beneficial to their physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Social interaction has been shown to boost vitality in the elderly. Seniors who have someone to converse with, eat with, and keep them company are happier and healthier.

3. Access to skilled medical care and help with medication management.

Most elderly people take a variety of prescription medications on a daily basis, making it difficult for them to keep track of everything on their own. With a care professional by their side, you can rest assured knowing that they’re taking their meds on time and as recommended.

Home care agencies can also provide licensed nurses and certified health care professionals, should your senior loved one need it.

4. Assistance with ADLs (Activities of Daily Living).

In-home caregivers assist seniors with everyday chores and hygienic routines such as grooming, bathing, and light housekeeping so that they can maintain a good standard of living.

Aside from that, home care also has the added benefit of allowing elderly clients the privilege of owning or keeping their pets, which is not allowed in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Like social interactions, pet companionship also helps improve vitality in older people.

5. Help ensure that seniors get the nutrition they need.

People over the age of 60, particularly those with long-term health issues, have more specific and demanding nutritional needs.

Old age, prolonged bed rest, and diseases can lead to malnutrition and loss of body mass. A senior’s home care plan may also include meal preparation and dietary counseling to ensure that patients get the nourishment they need to live healthily.

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6. Give seniors a sense of independence.

Approximately 90% of seniors prefer to age in place. They believe that living out their final years in their own homes is the most convenient and comfortable option. Many seniors are reluctant to move into a nursing home or care facility in fear of losing their independence.

Spending old age at home allows seniors to live the life they’re used to and keeps them engaged with their community, but you can’t dispute the fact that being on their own could be very challenging for them. Having a caregiver by their side helps ensure their safety and security without taking too much of their independence.

7. Cost-effective alternative to care facilities.

Hiring a home care professional is generally less expensive than living in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Home care rates are around $15 – $25 per hour, depending on whether the client needs non-medical, home health care, and skilled care. On the other hand, care facilities for seniors can cost $200 – $500 a day.

With home care, your senior family member receives quality one-on-one care without breaking the bank.

8. Get to spend more time with the family.

Choosing home care means you can visit your senior loved one anytime and spend as much quality time with them as you want, without being limited by rules or visitation hours. 

Nothing beats family as a source of support and strength. This is true for many of us, but even more so for seniors nearing the end of their lives. This is, perhaps, the best thing about in-home care: it allows you to play a more significant role in the care plan of your aging family members.

Author Bio:

Sarah Keller is the Content Marketing Strategist of A To Z Home Care, a team of professional home care providers based in Phoenix, Arizona that specializes in long-term care for your loved ones. She enjoys riding horses and camping with her friends and family in her spare time.

The best approach to aging for many seniors is staying where they are happiest and most comfortable—their very own homes. Many seniors are also taking the steps required, like investing in personal caregiving to ensure they remain as comfortable and independent as long as possible.

Undeniably, aging at home comes with a few unique challenges. For starters, health and mobility issues can make it tricky for you to live independently and safely. Fortunately, this is where the help of home care professionals can come in handy. However, while staying at home is the best option for many, it is not the best alternative for everyone.

In-Home Care vs. Other Alternatives: Which Option is Best for You?

Figuring out whether to stay at home or in other types of facilities is a concern many seniors face. However, since seniors have unique needs and circumstances, choosing the right option can become a bit complex.

Below are some possible scenarios you can use as a guide, so it’s easier for you to figure out which option is best when the time to choose comes:

Scenario #01: You are healthy and living independently.

If you are healthy and independent but would like some help with the household chores, home care is hands down your best option. Also known as companion care, home care is also considered the best option if you are healthy and living comfortably at home.

After all, if you are thriving at home, moving to another facility is unnecessary. Also, if you opt to stay at home and you live away from your friends and loved ones, a caregiver can give your family updates about your situation.

Having a caregiver with you can also give your family some peace of mind and reassurance that you are not living on your own and you have easy access to the help you need at home.

Scenario #02: You have health challenges, and you live alone.

Understandably, if you are independent and healthy, you have more options than those with significant health and physical challenges. If you belong to the latter, your best option would be to live in an assisted living facility.

Living in an assisted living facility is ideal if you have health challenges and you have no loved ones or friends living nearby. If you feel isolated in an assisted living facility and would rather stay at home, you’d be happy to know that some home care companies can take you to social events and medical appointments so you won’t feel as isolated.

Scenario #03: Your significant other has different care needs, but you want to stay together.

If your significant other requires a different level of care, it can become tricky to figure out what your best option is. Understandably, you wouldn’t want to stay in a nursing home if you don’t need nursing care. For others, the same principle can apply even if they have a significant other who might need nursing care.

Thankfully, home care allows you to meet halfway. You can always get the help you need when caring for a loved one with health challenges with an onsite caregiver. If your significant other requires round-the-clock care or supervision, a caregiver can help. This setup can also help ensure you stay together at home where you are comfortable.

Scenario #04: You have serious health issues.

If you have a severe health condition that might require institutionalization, living in an assisted living facility is something you should consider. For instance, if you have dementia, living in a specialized memory care facility is recommended.

The good news is many home care companies now provide specialized services for those with severe health challenges like Alzheimer’s. For some, this is the ideal option as staying in a familiar place like your home can make it easy for your friends and loved ones to connect with you.

Final Thought

Choosing the best living arrangement is no easy feat. That said, don’t rush the process. Sit down with your loved ones and take all the critical elements like your unique needs into account so you can figure out which option is truly best for you.

Author Bio

Sarah Keller is the Content Marketing Strategist of A To Z Home Care, a team of professional home care providers based in Phoenix, Arizona that specializes in long-term care for your loved ones. She enjoys riding horses and camping with her friends and family in her spare time.

Our mission at Aspen Senior Care is to help seniors in Utah Valley live comfortably and independently in their own homes for as long as possible. We do this by providing the finest and most reliable in-home caregivers you can trust. We are dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of seniors and their caregiving families.

Specialized Senior Care Services

Seniors who can stay comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible tend to be healthier and happier than their counterparts who move to assisted livings or nursing homes. However, sometimes it is not safe for seniors to be home alone for long periods or they need help with household chores, personal care, meals, errands and transportation, and medication reminders. 

Many people don’t realize that there are licensed personal care agencies with professional caregivers screened and trained to take good care of seniors aging in their homes. These agencies provide many non-medical services to help seniors stay comfortable, happy, and independent. These services include personal care, such as showering and getting dressed, preparing meals, providing light housekeeping, transportation, and even companionship.

We believe the finest care an aging senior can receive is one-on-one care in their own homes. You won’t find a better ratio in any facility. Seniors get personalized care and 100% of the caregiver’s attention. The care is flexible and can be provided just a few hours a day, overnight care, weekend and holiday care, or even around-the-clock care. Whatever the client’s need, an excellent personal care agency should be able to provide. Aspen Senior Care has specialized in providing these services for over 16 years now and has a great reputation for delivering exceptional care in Utah Valley.

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Professional In-Home Caregivers

We train and qualify our caregivers to provide care specifically for seniors. Aspen caregivers come with a wide range of backgrounds, but an essential characteristic about all of them is that they are trustworthy and TRULY CARE! Our caregivers are professional, dedicated, and well-trained to ensure that each senior’s unique needs are met with dignity and respect.

We screen our caregivers through interviews, reference checks, and background checks. We are licensed with the Utah State Health Department and follow their rules and regulations, such as insisting caregivers qualify (TB test, check driving record, copy of auto insurance card, FBI background check, receive required training, etc.)

Our caregivers are required to be CNAs (certified nursing assistants) and/or CCAs (certified companion aides). In addition, we provide ongoing training. We back up our caregivers with field supervisors and an RN on staff who help us ensure we provide the quality care for which we are known.

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Senior Day Care Services — Another Great Option

Another excellent option for seniors who need memory care is the Aspen Senior Day Center of Provo.  Aspen Senior Day Center is a senior day care program designed for seniors who are still somewhat active but have some memory impairment. The center is a safe option for families who may have an elderly parent living with them but need to work during the day or need some respite time. The center has fun, engaging activities and provides nutritious snacks and a lunch. There is also a transportation option for those who might need a ride. This is truly the least expensive and most enjoyable approach to memory care for seniors still at home.

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To find out more about Aspen Senior Care’s specialized commitment to excellence, please visit AspenSeniorCare.com or call 801-224-5910.

Aspen Senior Care was chosen as The Best of Utah Valley in the Home Health Care category. The Best in Utah Valley competition is held each spring by the Daily Herald. Readers choose and vote on their favorite local businesses, services, and products in Utah County.  The Daily Herald counts the votes to determine the top three in each category and the rest is history!

Aspen Senior Care has been serving seniors in Utah Valley for over 16 years. We are a personal care agency helping seniors with all their non-medical needs in the comfort and safety of their own homes. We work closely with several great home health and hospice agencies as well as other professionals serving the needs of seniors. 

Our mission statement is very simple:

“Our mission is to help seniors in Utah live comfortably and independently in their own homes for as long as possible.”

We accomplish this by providing Utah’s finest and most reliable and personalized in-home care. Our care and business practices are based on strong family values and the highest ethical standards. We perform all senior care services with professionalism and dignity and treat all seniors like family.

Our award-winning team specializes in assisting seniors in their homes by providing caregivers you can trust. Some seniors just need a few hours a week and others need a lot more. We do it all and tailor our services to meet the unique needs of each of our clients. We also provide peace of mind to their family members. We believe that there’s no better place to be than in the comfort and safety of your own home.

We help with:

  • Personal care
  • Dementia care
  • Companionship
  • Respite care for family 
  • Medication reminders
  • Transportation and errands
  • 24-hour care and holidays
  • Showering assistance and hygiene care
  • Light housekeeping and meal preparation
  • Senior Day Care through our sister company, Aspen Senior Day Center

Aspen Senior Care is a locally owned company with roots deep in Utah. With years of experience assisting seniors in our community, our staff provides quality care and enjoyable daily experiences. You can trust our staff to take great care of your loved one. 

To find out more about Aspen Senior Care’s commitment to excellence, please visit AspenSeniorCare.com or call 801-224-5910.