Advantages of Family Caregivers in Senior Care
As seniors age, it is not uncommon for them to require additional help. This is even truer if they experience signs of dementia or develop challenges with mobility. Family members want what is best for their loved ones to help them thrive and live a high-quality life. While a nursing home or assisted living is appropriate for some seniors, many are not quite ready for this level of care yet.
Family caregiving can support seniors in aging in place more safely and comfortably. Loved ones are able to slowly take on more responsibilities as their aging parent’s needs change. Seniors may opt to continue living in their own home, or may move in with a family member depending on what works best for their situation. Receiving care from family has many advantages.
Family Caregiving Can Be Less Expensive.
Senior living facilities can be expensive between paying for a room, meals, medical care, activities, and more. While excellent care may be provided, seniors may also be paying for more services than they need at the time.
Living with a family member, or staying in their own home under the oversight of family, can be more cost effective. While there is still rent or a mortgage to pay along with utilities, it is often less than monthly fees for higher level care provided by a nursing home or assisted living facility. Family can also help with budgeting for living expenses, groceries, entertainment, medical costs, and other needs and may be eligible for financial support to help cover costs.
There is Greater Familiarity.
Some seniors do not do well with transitioning to new places. Allowing them to stay in their own home can be less stressful, especially for individuals with dementia, because it is familiar. Plus, they are comfortable with the family member providing care and already have an established relationship. Family knows their likes and dislikes, routines, and preferences, so there is a much smaller learning curve.
It Can Improve Bonding.
Family caregiving can also strengthen relationships. Family members are able to spend more quality time with one another and create lasting memories. They can reminisce about the past, carry on traditions, and enjoy the time they have together. Plus, many adult children are proud to be able to care for their aging parents and give back because their loved one has done so much for them.
Partnering With a Senior Care Provider
While family caregiving can be beneficial, it also has its challenges and limitations. Everyone can use a break now and then for self-care and other obligations. That is where partnering with an in-home caregiver can be advantageous.
An in-home caregiver can fill in wherever and whenever needed. Whether covering morning wake up or evening tuck in routines, spending an afternoon helping prepare meals or organize belongings, or simply providing companionship, seniors receive support aligned with their needs. It can provide family members with some much-needed respite while knowing that their loved one is in good hands. Professional caregivers are also trained in dealing with dementia, Alzheimer’s, chronic care, and other challenges to provide the best care possible.
Caring for aging loved ones is not something families must do alone. Turn to the professionals at Always Best Care of Fox Chapel to learn more about how in-home care can complement family caregiving and offer more comprehensive support. Contact us today at 505 850-8548 to schedule a free consultation.