While watching the evening news or reading reports on the internet, you'll find that some are predicting that the number of people able to live to age 85 or older is expected to rise by three times by 2050. That is in just the United States alone. While this is good to hear, it also shows the need for more senior home care is growing as well.
Instead of building more traditional group or retirement homes, the trend seems to suggest that providing in-home care may be a better solution for many senior citizens and their families.
The senior home care industry (yes, it is an industry) is more advanced than ever. More than just a retired nurse coming over to check in on your parent from time to time, most services offer a wide range of care options.
Ask any senior citizen and they will tell you that they feel that they are the "king of their castle" and do not want to be removed from it unless they are on their death bed. Trying to get an elderly parent to move out of their house is a huge task for anyone and so, the option of senior home care can be a life saver. If the elderly patient can feel that they are regaining some sense of independence, it can make the situation better for all involved.
True, some senior home care is more expensive than a rest home, but without all other overhead and management it takes to run a rest home, the option of home care is becoming much more affordable. Those with parents struggling with dementia or Alzheimer's may find comfort that their loved one could stay in the familiar surroundings of their own home rather than sharing a space with strangers.
It isn't possible for every adult child to be able to provide all the care that their elderly parent needs and shouldn't be guilted into taking on the burden alone. No one wants to think of their parent as a burden, but with raising your own family, trying to care for another family member can be overwhelming. Not to mention that most of us aren't equipped to take on the task by ourselves. Fortunately, there are a variety of types of services to help with the level of care and expertise you need to care for your parent. Do note though that not every caregiver has great bedside manner. While they may be very good at their job, they are not doing you any favors if they don't have a good rapport with your parent.
Most seniors when given the option would prefer to continue to live in their own home rather than a relative's house or a group home. With so many senior home care companies to choose from, this proposition is easier and easier becoming a possibility for just about every family.
Don't wait for the last minute to discuss the option of senior home care with your parents today and get the conversation rolling. No one wants to have to make sudden changes if not necessary.