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As people age, it is understandable to be concerned regarding healthcare after retirement. Although many retirees are still physically active, they may require assistance in their daily lives to continue to live independently.

Supported living or home care for the elderly has many benefits. It is about giving the elderly the freedom to choose how they live their life.

Making a decision to avail of home care can be quite challenging. Is this the right step to take or is there a different approach? Can it benefit you or someone you love in the long term? Circumstances change and it is better to make informed decisions.

Here are some important pointers when deciding on home care for elderly:

What is home care?

Home care is an alternative to nursing homes. This service aims to assist the elderly to continue to live their lives from the comfort of their private homes. It usually includes informal and professional support networks such as friends, family and medical professionals, among others. These people work together to establish a team that helps elderly people reach their expected outcomes and goals.

In-home care services may include; medical, dental, nursing care, physical and speech therapy, domestic services and transportation. A nurse or physician may visit a patients home if needed.

Considering home care as an option

When evaluating options, it is best consider all the factors when it comes to home care for the elderly. Every home’s situation is unique and below are some points to consider:

Finances – anticipating expenses helps weigh the advantages and disadvantages of home care. Creating a budget can also help check an elderly’s current finances. Make sure to double check your budget to avoid future problems.

Available support – elderly are often more comfortable with their families providing support. However, they may not be able to provide all the help they require. It is best to consider the proximity of nearby community services in the area. They can provide the additional support when needed.

Existing medical conditions – the future is unpredictable and an elderly person with a chronic medical condition needs full attention at all times. As he or she ages, their medical condition might worsen over time.

Accessibility and location – is the home near public transit? Is it easily accessible and safe? How long does it take them to get to the doctor’s office or the mall? Accessibility and location are two important factors when it comes to home care. It needs to be close to all types of basic and medical services. In addition, it should also be accessible to people who need to visit often.

Why home care for elderly is a great option?

One of the main benefits of home care for the elderly is freedom. Seniors associate freedom with dignity, which they are afraid of losing as they age. Those who choose home care are granted the freedom to run their lives with a little bit of assistance. They can choose their own meals, leave and enter as they please as well as staying connected with their loved ones. In addition, they do not have to deal with emotional stress from new people, environments and routines.

Creature comforts at home are priceless. This empowers the elderly to live on their own and maintain their dignity. Seasons Aged Care offers a wide variety of elderly care, including home care. Make an enquiry today or call 1300 732 766.

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Belinda Peters
Belinda brings more than 17 years experience in journalism to her role as Seasons Digital Content Writer. As our blog editor, Belinda will take the confusion out of aged care with entertaining and informative stories from across the aged care industry and our Seasons communities.