Assisted Living: Benefits Of In-Home Senior Care


By Jason Lom

When it comes time to face the important family decision of how to care for an aging cherished one, the choices are limited. You can either place them in a nursing home, move them in with you, or hire an in home elder care company to take care of their day to day needs. Many people are only aware of the first 2 options, and often choose one of the two, despite the well-known challenges to each.

Most people are aware of the common problems with putting an elderly family member in a nursing home. They get lonely there and the quality of care is often sub-standard. After all, it's hard for someone to be comfortable in a strange place where they don't get to see their family members very often.

Moving your loved one in with you has its own set of challenges. Unless you and/or your spouse are not working and have no kids to care for, there is often very little time to care for their growing health concerns. Add to that the fact that most people are not health care professionals and do not specialize in elder care, so even if you had the time, you may not have the capability to properly care for your loved one.

This brings us to in home care. Many people have heard of it, but it is a developing service and few are familiar with how it works and how it may benefit your loved one. Here are 3 of the biggest benefits to hiring an in home senior care agency to look after your loved one:

1. Reduced stress and anxiety on your family member

It is well known that moving to a nursing home can put a lot of stress on your aging loved one. This can often exacerbate the health issues they are facing and lead to further medical problems. Allowing your family member to receive elder care in the comfort of their own home will take away that stress and allow them to enjoy the same independence and quality of life they have become accustomed to.

2. Care is customized to the needs of the individual

Unlike large institutions such as hospitals and nursing homes, an in home senior care agency offers one on one support and care for your loved one. This allows them to tailor a health care plan to fit their needs. This insures that your loved one receives personalized care from a nursing professional who has a passion to serve the elderly.

3. In home care is a cost effective option

Since your aging family member receives their senior care at home, they will not be stuck with the outrageous hospital or nursing home bills that eat up all their savings and many times cause the state to take ownership of their house. In home elder care can be had at a fraction of the cost of these other options, saving your loved one and the entire family a fortune in medical bills.

These are just a few of the many benefits to hiring an in home senior care agency to look after your aging loved one. If you are facing the difficult decision of how to care for an elderly family member, in home care is an option well worth considering.

At Senior Helpers of NJ, we provide the best In Home Senior Care NJ has to offer. It is our greatest pleasure to give our Elder Care NJ clients the assistance they need to safely live at home where they belong. We ensure that our clients receive affordable, dependable care that helps them live dignified, independent lives.

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4 Responses

  1. We are Community Care Companions located in Bohemia, NY specializing in at home care and nurse staffing for the sick and elderly. We allow families to have a professional, caring person in the home of their loved one so they can continue their lives. This reduces worry of falling, taking wrong or too much medications, and even sincere companionship. Often families are so busy that it's almost like adding a family member to their lives!
  2. There are more than 3 options. There are a variety of different senior housing options - not just nursing homes. There are also independent living, assisted living, adult care homes and others. They all offer different services. In addition, live in caregivers should also be added to the list of options. In home care is an excellent option for those that do not require a high level of care. Kevin
  3. To Lump Assisted Living into "Nursing Homes' is wrong. Just visit one and the difference is dramatic. Seniors are not isolated at home often alone or with a paid caregiver. Instead they socialize with their peers. You are coming up short with your options. Candice
  4. I recently went through the process of finding in-home care for my elderly mother. I was nervous about leaving her, and when I asked tough questions of the agency that was recommended to me, I was shocked to learn that after the initial intake process, they basically have almost no visibility to the actual day-to-day care! I interviewed 5 or 6 more agencies, and all but one uses care journals that sit in my mother’s home such that the agency really has very limited idea of what’s going on. I finally found an agency that uses a “point-of-care system.” I highly recommend this! I login at a website called “ClearCare” and I can see what is happening every day. I know when my mom’s caregiver clocks in at her house, and when she completes specific tasks. I’m alerted if the caregiver does not arrive on time or if something isn’t done properly. This has been a very difficult process for me, but I do find peace of mind in knowing exactly what’s happening every day.

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