With an increasingly aged population growing every year, the healthcare industry has had to make substantial changes in how it functions. The ways we care for our elderly has broadened, increasing the opportunity for older people to live healthier and happier lives here in the United States.
The elderly are also experiencing what experts call “aging in place” where services are brought to and implemented in the home. The advantages of this growing trend are many, including privacy, dignity and comfort of continuing in a long-cherished private residence.
Close relatives, including adult children, have obvious concerns about their aging parents. Do I have enough time and money to help mom or dad? What do I do with my parent who lives in another city? A senior may not need skilled nursing, but still some level of supervision and healthcare may be necessary.
In response to this growing need, the number and kind of home healthcare positions has increased. Whether the need is for a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Home Healthcare Aide (HHA) or companion, the right person for the aging adult is out there in the workforce, and many organizations exist to help match a caregiver with a senior adult.
Nowadays, family members do not have to put up with inferior care for a loved one. Also, there’s no need to feel guilty or put upon by having to be a caregiver when someone is not equipped or available to be one. Placement in a nursing home can also be avoided or postponed with the number of great home health care options out there. A senior can live safely and meaningfully at home with professional and compassionate assistance.
To investigate home health care for your aging parent or loved one, do online research, ask trusted friends for referrals and speak to the primary care physician. These are all great resources for family members to find the best solution for healthy senior living.