Costs of Aging at Home Vs. Assisted Living or Nursing Facilities
Elderly companion care for those living in their own homes costs less than assisted living and nursing home facilities for those living in Hyde Park, Ohio. While some people cannot continue to live in their own home for medical or safety reasons, for others, home care Cincinnati services is an attractive option especially for those who own their homes, or almost paid them off.
Medicare only picks up costs for long-term facilities after almost everything an individual owns has been sold to cover costs. In comparison, staying at your Hyde Park home and using senior care services, in-home skilled nursing care, and home health aide care on a part-time basis are all coverable expenses as long as they are ordered by a doctor. Even without help from Medicare, in-home caregivers and care services average out to less cost than those living in facility care. Assisting Hands works with individuals and their families to help everyone understand their options.
The Comfort of Aging in Your Own Home
The adage “There’s no place like home,” becomes more and more true for most people as they age. Growing old in a place you know, surrounded by people you know, with the help of nearby friends, family, and an in home care companion is preferable for most people than a hospital bed, or assisted living facility. Aging at home offers the comfort of privacy that simply is not available in many live-in facilities.
Being able to sleep in your own bed and have your own familiar bathroom and kitchen, provides a great deal of comfort as long as you know that help is available if needed.
Assisted Hands provides everything from elderly home care once a week, to round-the-clock care for your aging loved ones who want to stay in their own Hyde Park home. Alzheimer’s in-home care or a form of dementia is also available in the comfort of the person’s own home.
Services We Offer
Personal Care: Your caregiver can provide you or a loved one with assistance in bathing, dressing, eating, incontinence care, medication reminders, oral hygiene, walking and personal mobility, transferring to and from chair, bed, or wheelchair, toileting, and other services tailored to meet individual needs.
These are all things that we take for granted every day, but for some people that have a hard time with mobility, they can all be quite challenging. Our caregivers are patient and will be there to help your loved one through these activities, all the while making sure that they are safe from an unexpected slip or fall.
Meal Preparation: Overall health and well-being can be improved by ensuring your loved one is receiving healthy, well-balanced meals. In addition to tasting better, nutritious meals play an important role in maintaining good health.
Furthermore, if your loved one has special dietary restrictions, we can make sure that they are adhered to. This includes things like a diet for Diabetes, allergies, gluten free options, and more. It is not always clear which foods contain ingredients that could be harmful to those with dietary restrictions. Our caregivers will make sure that your loved one is taken care of.
An Assisting Hands® caregiver in Hyde Park, who possess or is certified as a State Tested Nursing Aide (STNA), Personal Care Assistant (PCA), Home Health Aide (HHA), or a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), can perform everything from grocery shopping to preparing meals in accordance with any special diet, to serving the meal, providing eating assistance and cleaning up afterwards. Just let us know your situation and we will provide tailored services to your individual needs.
Grocery Shopping: Your caregiver can provide you or a loved one with assistance in grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, organizing incoming mail and going to the post office, and any routine personal errands you or a loved one might require.
For a lot of elderly people, the simple act of leaving the house to run errands can be a monumental proposition. With the help of our caregivers, you will not have to worry about your loved one going without food, or the bills not getting paid, because they are unable to leave the house that day. Also, you will not have to worry about your elderly loved one driving on their own, as we can do that for them too.
Light Housekeeping: Your caregiver can provide you or a loved one with services such as vacuuming, washing dishes, laundry, dusting, bed making, sweeping, mopping floors, taking out the trash, and any other light housekeeping items you or a loved one might require. Let us know your situation and we will provide tailored services to your individual needs.
Keeping the house in order is a great way for your loved one to feel like things have not drastically changed in their lives. In addition to that, being inattentive to housekeeping duties can lead to airborne particles that could be very hurtful if they are breathed into our lungs. If nothing is being cleaned, dust, mold, pet dander, and other harmful particles can enter the airway. Our caregivers will make sure that this does not happen.
Companionship: Your caregiver can assist you or your loved one with recreational activities or hobbies, or just provide good company for a game of cards or a nice chat!
It might seem like a little thing, but you might be surprised at how simple companionship can help improve the life of your loved one. Just like many other facets of our lives, our brains need to be stimulated in order to function properly. Through engaging conversation, or participation in beloved activities, your loved one will get the stimulation that they need.
Slowing the Advance Memory Loss
Facing the loss of one’s memory is unsettling, and through advanced years do not guarantee this affliction, being surrounded by familiar things in your own environment that you have put together over the years helps keep cognition alive as you age. Also, being able to maintain a familiar network of friends and relatives in your own environment, within your own community, helps people to stay healthy emotionally, physically, and cognitively.
Frequent social activities around Hyde Park, OH, as well as help from in-home caregivers when necessary, reduces cognitive decline. This is even more apparent in individuals who feel isolated from their surroundings, and the people they find themselves with when moved to a facility.
For instance, studies have shown that in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, smells help trigger memory recall. Assisting Hands provides in-home care for Alzheimer’s, or other forms of dementia in-home care, as we help keep people connected cognitively by being around familiar sights, sounds, and smells, as well as interacting with people who are familiar in the Hyde Park, OH region.
Maintaining & Expanding Social Networks
Staying in your own home allows you to keep your current social network and host social events if you desire. Adding home care assistance to your Hyde Park, OH network allows you the security of knowing that someone will help you when you want help; whether going shopping or to the doctor’s office, or preparing a meal and doing light cleaning. Whatever a senior or elderly person needs, Assisting Hands Home Care is happy to provide to you or to a loved one what is needed.
Supporting an Elderly Person’s Right to Self Determination
At Assisting Hands, we believe that helping seniors stay home for the length of their life allows them to stay more independent, and more able to make decisions on their own behalf.
Whether a person wants live-in companionship, occasional home care, or something in between, living at home allows an aging person to be in charge of scheduling their own activities and to have visitors when they want, without having to comply with a group. An aging senior also has control over their own environment. From controlling the thermostat, to redecorating a room, or remodeling the kitchen, a senior living in their own home decides what to do and when.
This is especially true for seniors who only need help now and then. Growing old in your own familiar space is the best way to maintain your independence and freedom.
One of our goals is to help you or your loved ones to live safely, securely, and independently at home for as many years as possible. Having in home health care and companionship makes it possible for aging Hyde Park residents, potentially for the rest of their life. That is one reason why we have teamed with SafeGuardian to develop the Assisting Hands Alert™ call button to safeguard our clients even when one of our caregivers is not in the home. It is simply another way that we support seniors and elderly people living in their own home.
If you or a family member who lives in the Hyde Park, Ohio area would like more information on how our home care professionals can be of service to you or someone you love who wants to stay in their own home for as long as possible, contact us today at Assisting Hands Home Care. Remember, having in-home care services in Hyde Park when you want it is within your control. You get to choose who will help, how often they will help, and how they will help. At Assisting Hands, we always have your best interests in mind.