"The stairs are getting so hard to climb"
"Since my wife died, I just open a can of soup for dinner"
"I've lived here 40 years. No other place will seem like home"
These are common issues for older people. You may share the often-heard wish — "I want to stay in my own home!" The good news is that with the right help you might be able to do just that. Staying in your own home as you get older is called "aging in place."
Nothing beats the joys of the comforts of home, so it is not surprising that an AARP survey revealed that approximately 90% of American seniors wish to stay in their own home for as long as possible. Aging in place offers a wealth of benefits, such as:
- Familiarity: Seniors are intimately familiar with the layout and organization of their home. They know how to navigate and find what they want, and they feel relaxed and comfortable in a recognizable environment. This can be especially beneficial for those experiencing cognitive decline.
- Routine: Seniors are used to their consistent daily routines and the predictability of life in their own home. They feel secure. A new environment can lead to confusion.
- Health: Studies have shown that seniors tend to have better health outcomes and improved recovery when living in their own home versus a nursing home or assisted living facility.
- Independence: In their own home, seniors tend to feel more in control of their lives and their surroundings. With so many changes occurring with aging, this can be reassuring.
As individuals age, they often require increasing levels of assistance completing everyday tasks. But that does not mean that they must move into a nursing home or assisted living facility. With structured support and a personalized in-home care plan, they can continue to safely age in place. This can be beneficial not only for their mental health, but also their financial health, as non-medical in-home care can be a cost-effective alternative.
At Interim HealthCare of Irvine, we offer personalized care services using an comprehensive in-home evaluation to collectively come up with a care plan that captures details regarding each client’s unique needs and goals. Our caregivers can be trusted as they are fully vetted, state licensed, bonded, background checked and appropriately trained to take proper care of your loved ones.
Please Contact us at (949) 800-8715 to schedule a free in-home evaluation and learn more about how we can take care of your loved ones.