Home Helpers – Home Care Little Rock – Celebrates National Home Care Month
Home Care – also sometimes referred to as senior care or elder care – is received by approximately 12 million Americans through home care agencies every year. Often the term home care is used in contrast to “home health” to describe non-medical or custodial care provided at home. Home Health refers to skilled care provided by a licensed medical professional such as a Registered Nurse, physical or occupational therapist or physician.
Home Helpers – Home Care Little Rock – join the National Association of Home Care & Hospice in celebrating November as the National Home Care Month. And, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, we agree that “there’s no place like home.”
With over a decade working with and serving older adults, I’ve found that those of us who agree with Dorothy are in the clear majority. Quite simply, if at all possible, older adults choose by overwhelming numbers to receive care at home.
Unlike Dorothy, older adults do not require magical ruby slippers. Instead, often the need to make staying at home a reality is simply a little extra help around the house. Whether those needs involve a caregiver a few hours each week or 24 hours a day, home care can be the magic that keeps people safe and as independent as possible in their own homes.
We’ve also found that something as simple as a medical alert or proper medication management can lead to greater independence. When coupled with the aid of a home care assistant, there is often little reason to consider being anywhere but the comfort of your own home.
As baby-boomers age, the real value of home care is becoming more and more apparent. In Arkansas, AARP found that 98% of older adults want to receive care in their own home versus a nursing home. And there’s little wonder as to why – we want to maintain independence and freedom of action and remain closer to family and friends. Maybe that’s why relocating to a nursing home is one of the greatest fears older adults face.
Home care can empower older adults to age with dignity and grace in a familiar setting surrounded by family and friends.
If you would like more information or would simply like to visit about home care as an option for an aging loved one, we are always open to sharing our experience and expertise. Home Helpers – Home Care Little Rock – will gladly schedule a time to meet with you at your convenience. Contact Sam Sellers to start that conversation at (501) 663-3900.