One of the most important things to most people is the safety and security of loved ones. When it comes to elderly loved ones, preserving their independence comes as a close second. In 2010, 13% of the population of the United States, over 40 million people, were over the age of 65. That figure will jump to about 20% by the year 2030.
With the increase in the number of older Americans, more and more families are thinking about the balance between preserving independence and ensuring safety for Mom and Dad, Grandpa, or Grandma. They would like elderly relatives to stay in their own homes as long as possible, but at the same time worry that living alone is too difficult for aging loved ones.
Today's families are often spread out across the country, and most working families are two-income families. This creates large time restraints for people. At times, because family lives so far away, it's nearly impossible for younger generations to care for older generations.
Home health care can be an excellent option in these cases. Whether Mom needs a little help with the housework or Dad just needs to remember to take his medications on time, home health can help. Their services range from just stopping in for an hour a day to much more extensive care. Home health allows older adults to be cared for while staying in the comfort of their own home.
No matter the types and levels of care needed, the biggest intangible benefit of this type of care is simple: companionship. Home health not only provides families peace of mind, but also provides older adults with a smiling face, a friend to talk to, and the security of knowing someone is there to help. With so many licensed, reputable home health providers in business today, a family can do some simple reference checks and rest assured that Mom or Dad, Grandpa or Grandma can remain well cared for, in their own home.