The Importance of Home Care for Seniors in South St. Paul, MN
Home care can help seniors maintain independence & a high quality of life
According to the AARP, the vast majority of American seniors (well over 90 percent) want to remain in their home as they age, even if they face obstacles along the way. Many of these seniors will eventually require some degree of care and support in order to remain independent. If they are to successfully remain at home as well, in-home care will be an important part of their life.
Benefits of Home Care
Let's take a look at several benefits of in-home care.
A recent Health and Retirement Study found that "by the time we reach 85 years of age, 32 percent of men and 66 percent of women are no longer driving, and many either have limitations in what they can do, or require regular assistance." One of the primary supports provided by Comfort Keepers home care is local transportation. Whether your senior loved one needs help getting to and from appointments, going to the store, or simply wants to socialize, transportation support ensures they have the freedom to get out of the house and carry on an independent life.
Seniors want to remain at home, but they don't want to be trapped there or alone. Transportation support helps them get out of them home, and companion care supports help keep them from becoming isolated or depressed when they are there. Comfort Keepers home care providers do more than simply take care of housekeeping and laundry or meal preparation, they spend time interacting with seniors on a social, emotional, and cognitive level in order to address the whole person. With regular companion care, seniors have better self-esteem and a higher quality of life.
Home care also keeps seniors safer. With medication management support and helping seniors follow treatment plans, hospital readmissions are significantly reduced. One study in Connecticut found that "Patients who received home care services had a significantly reduced readmission rate of 11.8 percent compared to 45.9 re-admission rate for those who did not receive home care services." Part of the reason seniors are safer, heal faster, and end up back in the hospital less often is the personalized and targeted support available through home care.
For more information on the many benefits of in-home care or to learn how Comfort Keepers can help your senior loved one maximize their independence, freedom, and quality of life, contact a senior care coordinator today.