The Emotional Benefits of In-Home Elder Care

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Growing older can lead to many changes, both physical and mentally, that may require seniors to need extra help throughout their day. Sometimes needs are great enough that moving into long-term care is the best option. However, caring for elderly parents at home has many benefits, both emotionally and physically. Hiring a home health care agency can help with care needs. Here are some of the ways home care can benefit your elderly parents emotionally.

  1. Maintain independence. Allowing your loved one to stay in their own home can actually help them maintain their independence. Having a home care aide come and help out with errands and chores, for example, lets your parent still remain in charge and able to participate in their daily routines. Giving up independence is the thing that many older people fear most. In-home care can help preserve independence.
  2. Provide comfort and peace. Nothing is more comforting than being in your own house surrounded by the things that make it a home – family pictures, furniture that you picked out, beloved pets. Allowing your loved one to remain comfortably at home can have great emotional benefits and help mitigate any depressive symptoms. A home care aide can make sure that your loved one is safe and help anticipate any changes in health conditions or behaviors before they turn into larger problems.
  3. Maintain self-dignity. As they age, seniors may have trouble completing activities of daily living, such as dressing or bathing. One of the benefits of home health care is that an aide can help them with these things helping to preserve their self-dignity.
  4. Prevent loneliness. A home care aide can provide companionship for your loved one. Their sole job is to make sure that your loved one is taken care of. Many home care aides and their clients become very close and friendships do develop. This can be very beneficial to seniors who may be home-bound. Additionally, a home care aide can help transport your loved to favorite programs and activities so that they can remain engaged.

There are many benefits of home health care. For more information, please call Abramson Care Advisors at 215-371-3400. A senior care professional is available free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.