How do you know if home care is the best solution for your family?

Home care, independent living, assisted living, nursing home – what do all of these options mean and how do you determine when the time is right to either move your loved one or bring someone into their home to help?

Are your parents, grandparents, or other loved ones having trouble living on their own? Are you starting to worry about their safety and live too far away or work too much to be able to really provide the help they need? Maybe you are trying to help and have become their informal caregiver and find it overwhelming.

More and more seniors and their families, encounter this problem at some time. The answer to these issues isn’t always moving into assisted living or a nursing home. Sometimes it is choosing home care provided by a qualified agency so that your loved one can stay in familiar surroundings but still get the assistance that they need to perform daily activities and be safe.

Many seniors do better physically and emotionally if they can stay at home with in-home care, as long as it makes sense to do so. You can read more about when it’s time to move into assisted living here. UHCS can help you with how to approach this conversation with your family member and help all of you come to the right decision for your family. The emotional, physical and financial implications can be difficult to talk about and difficult to address. We want to be here for you to help.

Home care can be tailored to give them the help they need to continue living independently, including assistance with daily living activities, such as:

  • Light Housekeeping
  • Meal Preparation
  • Shopping
  • Personal care: Grooming, Bathing, Dressing, etc.
  • Medication Management
  • Transportation

Home care can provide all of the caregiving or split time with you or other family members. Because of the customizability, home care services can have cost benefits as well.

Many seniors recognize the value of home care and arrange it for themselves but some fear losing their independence.

It’s best to start the discussion early, and speak in terms of “what if.” After all, if your parents had home care, they could stop being so concerned about being forced to move. And you and their loved ones could take comfort in the care and attention they receive when you’re not there.

Home care may involve one person or a team. UHCS is a licensed home care agency and it is important, no matter who you bring into your loved one’s home, that it is someone with the proper certification and a company/person that you trust.