With any important decision we face, it’s important to examine the pros and cons are careful as possible. This is true of deciding whether you or a loved one could benefit from the assistance of a professional caregiver coming to your home. While there are the obvious pros and cons you might imagine right off the bat, keep reading as we dive a little deeper into the challenges and benefits you’ll want to weigh when making this important decision.
Pro: The convenience and comfort of aging in your home.
As the saying goes, there’s no place like home. Often as we age, we value more and more the comfort and convenience of our homes and everything that goes with it – the familiarity, the memories, and having things just the way we like it. With the assistance of a professional caregiver, senior adults can age safely and comfortably in their homes longer than they could on their own without additional assistance as the need arises.
Con: Safety proofing the home and becoming comfortable with someone else assisting.
On the flip side, aging in your current home may yield safety concerns that need to be addressed along the way. This could include stairs, hallways that are too narrow for a wheelchair or walker, or kitchen hazards. Most of these concerns can be addressed with some effort and creativity. There may be bigger concerns that require some functioning of the house to accommodate. It’s wise to be aware of these potential concerns early. Take a walk through the home and identify areas that could become a hazard and then map out a plan for how you will address them as needed.
Pro: Family or friends are alleviated from the role of a caregiver.
Family and friends deserve to be exactly that – family and friends. Caring for one another from time to time is necessary and expected, but no one thrives as someone else’s full-time caregiver. This causes an imbalance and stress on the relationship that results in less-than-ideal outcomes. But with the help of a professional caregiver to alleviate this burden, family and friends can continue to visit or live together as they please, on their own terms. For this reason and many others, the help of a professional caregiver is invaluable.
Con: The added expense of hiring a professional caregiver.
Certainly, there is a cost associated with hiring a professional caregiver. Because of the conveniences and one-on-one care of being cared for in your home, it may come at a higher cost than moving to a continuing care retirement community, though that is not always the case. What’s most important to keep in mind is the value of peace of mind and the safety and well-being of someone you love. What is this worth to you? In many instances, families can prioritize and provide for a professional caregiver as the need arises.
Pro: Qualified care that can increase and adjust to changing needs.
One of the biggest benefits of having a professional caregiver is their ability to adapt to the changing needs of the person for which they care. This can change rapidly or slowly over time. Whether this is mental, physical, or emotional – it’s expected that an aging person’s needs will change and a professional caregiver offers the experience and expertise to adjust their course of care in real-time and make recommendations that are in everyone’s best interests.
Con: Some needs exceed the role of a professional caregiver.
It’s important to be aware that the abilities of professional caregivers only go so far. In some instances, a person’s needs are best met in a continuing care facility that is better equipped to care for them physically and mentally. Their home may not be an ideal living situation, or they may need round-the-clock medical care best suited for a professional team of doctors and nurses. A professional caregiver may still be able to care for a person up until they reach this point but will be quick to inform the family with the needs of their loved one exceed the services that can be provided in the home.
Are you or someone you know considering hiring a professional caregiver or working with an in-home caregiver service to care for you or a loved one? If you have questions that remain unanswered, we’re here to help! Contact Ella Home Care today to learn more about this important life decision.