Published Date: March-2019
In life you will be faced with a series of God ordained opportunities, brilliantly described as problems and challenges. Whether you would like to admit it or not, we are all getting older. With age come’s certain challenges and obstacles to overcome. Facing the reality that we aren’t as limber, balanced, and physically strong as we once is quite heart wrenching. The desire to maintain our independence is a passion that never leaves us. Knowing when to ask for in-home care help, not because you are weak, because you want to remain strong, is essential to maintaining a chosen liberty. The ability to recognize the signs and get help for yourself or a loved one is critical knowledge to prevent negative accidents and experiences.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau 11 million, or 28% of people aged 65 and older, live alone. If you ask a senior citizen their preference on staying at home or transitioning to an assisted living facility, they would likely choose to remain at home, like most people. Why? Home is where the heart is, where all their memories are. Although there are certain factors that may make staying home improbable, for a large amount of seniors at-home caregiving services are the more affordable and most comfortable option. A feeling of loneliness, which may be experienced from a perception of isolation, living alone, or within a group setting being mistreated and unattended to is one of the leading causes of strife and morality among the elderly community. Dr. John Cacioppo, a neuroscientist and psychologist at the University of Chicago, has been studying social isolation for 30 years. One frightening finding is that feelings of loneliness are linked to poor cognitive performance and quicker cognitive decline.
Additionally, illnesses and conditions such as chronic lung disease, arthritis, impaired mobility, and depression were associated with social isolation. Also, Studies have found that loneliness has a tendency to spread from person to person, due to the transfer of energy during consistent negative social interactions and experiences. In other words, you are what you surround yourself with. When one person is lonely, that loneliness is more likely to spread to friends, caregivers, and loved ones of the individual. Admittedly, it is a complicated situation. Simply advising an elderly loved one to engage in more social activities may not be enough. Taking the extra step and critically considering yourself or or loved ones needs as an individual is the valuable first step to combat the feeling of loneliness.
In-Home caregiving providers like JustForLoveFamilyCare ensures the trusted and quality service you desire. We empower your loved ones independence, while engaging them with positive social connections and experiences. In home caregiving addresses the problems seniors are facing when making the decision to age in their homes, versus entering a facility. Just For Love Family Care in-home caregiving services are catered to the individual needs of each client. A senior who only needs a few hours of help a day to get dressed, take a bath, and prepare a meal simply pays for a few hours of help. This equates to thousands of dollars of savings versus nursing home or assisted living placement. Granting you elderly loved one’s desire to age at home allows for decreased healing time, increased mental health status, increased feelings of dignity and independence. In addition, due to their knowledge of the area they posses an enhanced access to necessary services, resulting in a higher quality of life throughout the geriatric years.
While aging at home is not always safe without in-home caregiving services, when these services are put in place, you and your loved one may remain at home for a longer period of time and enjoy all of our benefits. To discuss more of these benefits as well as a customized in-home caregiving care plan for your loved one’s needs, contact JustForLoveFamlyCare today.