June 12, 2019

There’s no place like home.

That’s a famous line from The Wizard of Oz, of course, but it’s also one of our guiding principles here at Companions for Seniors — and it’s a truly meaningful idea for countless elderly adults, and the family caregivers who support them.

Some commonly cited research from the AARP suggests that nearly 90 percent of older adults want to “age in place” as time goes on, staying in the familiar comfort and safety of home, rather than uprooting their lives and moving somewhere new, unfamiliar, and costly.

For many of us, our homes have a strong emotional tie. For your senior loved one, a home may be far more than the place where they happen to live. It may be where many of their most treasured memories were made — it’s the place where they raised kids, held parties, or picked out the perfect pieces of furniture.

With all of this considered, is it any wonder that your elderly loved one feels a connection to this place, and wants to stay put for as long as possible?

Beyond the emotional pull of staying in a comfortable, familiar home, aging in place offers a number of practical benefits for the elderly, empowering them to live with greater independence, in a safe and secure environment. Aging in place is also often more comfortable, more enjoyable, more convenient, and far less expensive than other types of long-term care.

If your older loved one wants to age in place, it naturally leads to the question: What types of services can help?

As a family caregiver, it’s important to look into all of the options that are out there for your senior family and friends. There are many different services and solutions that could benefit your loved one, depending on your senior relative’s unique care needs.

For example? Delivery services — like laundry pick-up, or food delivery — can help older adults streamline and manage day-to-day chores. Similarly, there are medical providers, including local dentists, that may be able to stop by and provide “house calls” for senior patients. For seniors requiring full-time care, or a higher level of treatment, it may be necessary to look into in-home medical care, or home nursing services.

For many seniors, though, the best option for aging in place may be to work with a senior companionship service, like Companions for Seniors. Seniors with different care needs can all benefit from non-medical home care and companionship services, which are flexible, affordable, and able to adapt to meet a senior’s changing circumstances over time.

What is non-medical home care?

Non-medical home care — also called in-home care, or, often, simply home care — is a broad phrase, but a useful one. In short, we use it to describe a type of flexible, affordable, and convenient care that gives seniors the support they truly need. It does not include medical services or skilled nursing services.

With home care, a trained and experienced companion can spend time with your senior in the comfort and safety of their home, for as little as a few hours a month, or up to several hours every day. It is a great fit for many different types of elderly clients, and can provide enormous benefits to family caregivers, as well. Home care may work well for:

  • Older adults who need friendly companionship
  • Seniors who need light assistance with housekeeping, laundry services, and meal prep
  • Seniors who need support following surgery or an injury
  • Adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s
  • Family caregivers who need more time to relax and focus on other things
  • Seniors who need to be accompanied to appointments, or who need help running errands
  • Seniors who need care and attention beyond what their family can provide alone

What types of services can a senior companion offer?

With home care, the name of the game is flexibility. A professional companion or caregiver can provide a number of different services, all designed to empower seniors to live independently in the comfort and safety of home. Some common services and tasks may include:

  • Assisting with routine activities of daily living (ADLs), including walking, sitting and standing, moving from room to room, and so on
  • Providing light housekeeping services
  • Helping with laundry
  • Assisting with shopping and meal preparation
  • Providing driving services
  • Assisting with grooming, bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene
  • Offering medication and exercise reminders
  • Spending quality social time playing games, watching movies, sharing meals, or going on outings

The important thing to remember is that it’s all about finding what works for your senior loved one – and for your unique wants and needs as a family caregiver. An in-home companionship service, like Companions for Seniors, can help personalize a care plan specifically tailored to your family’s needs. As a client’s condition changes, so will our plan of care.

What are the benefits of home care for the elderly, and for family caregivers?

Home care can provide a number of unique benefits for seniors and the family caregivers who love and support them:

  • Access to reliable and dependable care, when you need it
  • Improved health and overall well-being, for seniors and family caregivers alike
  • Greater independence for seniors
  • More free time and flexibility for caregivers
  • More opportunities for seniors to socialize and connect with others
  • Improved communication, coordination, and scheduling
  • More chances for caregivers to relax and get the respite they deserve
  • Significant cost-savings, compared to expensive institutionalized care

Looking for help? Get started with Companions for Seniors

Do you have an elderly loved one who wants to age in place? Do you have any more questions about the ins and outs of home care, and how this important service might be able to help your family? Get in touch today to keep the conversation going!

Here at Companions for Seniors, providing exceptional care for the elderly is our passion, and we’re always happy to help guide you in the right direction.

At Companions for Seniors, our mission is to help aging adults live independently and with dignity in the comfort of their own home, by empowering them to lead an active and enriched lifestyle, connecting them with their community, and nurturing meaningful relationships.

We are locally owned in Chicago, with clients in the city and suburbs. All of our companions are trained, bonded, and insured, and can assist your loved one by providing a wide variety of home care services. From one hour to 24 hours a day, we can be there for your loved one – and for you. We understand that every situation is unique, so we provide a personalized care plan that’s modified to meet each client’s specific needs.

Curious if home care is going to be the right fit for you? Want to talk about your circumstances in more depth? Give us a call at 866-910-9020, or reach out online to get the discussion started.