A common misconception among our aging population is that there is a closing window of time for when you can hire a professional in-home caregiver. If you miss that window, it could be too late, and the only alternative is to move into a retirement community. While this is one option that can certainly play out in reality, it is far from the only option. And more importantly, it’s simply not true that there is any strict time frame or “window” for when you can incorporate the care of a professional to help an aging loved one live longer, safer, and more comfortably in their home. Keep reading to learn why it’s never too late to hire an in-home caregiver!
Care is provided on a continuous spectrum.
One of the best aspects of in-home care is that services are uniquely designed to meet the needs of each client. This can begin with simply providing companionship and help with simple tasks like keeping the home organized, or prepping meals. Then, as needs change, a professional caregiver can increase their skills and services to assist with mobility, bathing, dressing, and keeping the house clean and safe. This flexibility in services means that it’s almost never too late to hire an in-home caregiver, and it’s always worth a conversation to learn more.
In-home care can help bridge the gap.
Is your loved one in need of assistance sometimes, but not all the time? Was there a recent injury or illness they’re recovering from, and do they need some temporary assistance? These are great examples of how an in-home caregiver can step in when needed, provide the right level of service, and adjust services as needed – either increasing or decreasing. Again, this means that it’s never too late to add in the assistance of a professional caregiver whenever you feel it might be needed!
It’s a financial and emotional decision.
If you’re an adult child who is responsible for the care of an aging parent, it’s important to keep in mind that the decision is as much emotional as it is financial when it comes to having them age in their home or move into an assisted living facility. What do they want? What is best for their emotional state? What can they afford? It’s a big step to move them from their home, sell all their belongings, and start a new live in an unfamiliar place. It’s a big financial commitment as well! Starting with adding in the services of a professional in-home caregiver can be less taxing emotionally and financially, and allows you to take things step by step.
Making a decision sooner is better.
All of that said, it’s worth emphasizing that the sooner you can take action and determine whether the help of an in-home caregiver could be beneficial – the better. It’s always smart to start exploring options early, educate yourself on what an in-home caregiver can provide and the associated costs, and start speaking with local professional caregiver companies, like Ella Home Care. We can provide answers, recommendations, and give you peace of mind. Whenever you’re ready to decide, you’ll be that much further ahead in the process!
Do you want to learn more about the benefits of hiring a professional in-home caregiver? Let’s talk today! Leave a comment below or contact us here. We look forward to hearing from you.