Life expectancy has been increasing for each new generation for the past century. Improvements in medical care, diet and nutrition, and lifestyle have all contributed to a longer, more active and enjoyable time between retirement age and the need for long term care. The process of aging, however, is gradual absent any injury or illness which intervene. Seniors become less able to live completely independently over time, and must adjust to the changes as they occur.
For many, activities long taken for granted become difficult. Mowing, trimming and maintaining the lawn are taken over either by one’s family members or professional services. Driving oneself is often the next to be given up. These can be inconvenient, but manageable. As time passes, though, daily activities become more difficult. Cooking, cleaning inside the home and personal hygiene issues surface. When possible, family members step in to help, but in today’s society more often distance, means and ability often prevent even the most dedicated family from performing daily assistance.
Increasingly, Senior Home Care has become a viable option. Countless studies have revealed that not only life expectancy, but also quality of life for seniors is greatly enhanced by remaining in the familiar home environment for as long as is possible. In-home care, ranging from assistance with simple daily activities such as cooking, bathing and housekeeping, often on a part time basis of a few hours each day, to full time, live-in care is available.
The many benefits of living at home are both obvious and measurable. While assisted living facilities and skilled nursing homes do have advantages in terms of access to medical treatment, trained and professional staffs, nutrition counseling and therapeutic care, the data continue to show that living at home, even with diminished ability, greatly extends one’s life and adds immeasurably to its quality.
Another benefit for seniors who are able to remain in their homes is access to friends and family. While assisted living and nursing facilities permit family and friends to visit, the ability to do so without restriction is invaluable. Familiar surroundings, furnishings and routines contribute to peace of mind, and avoid the disruption and dislocation associated with leaving them behind for new routines, people and environment.