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In-Home Care for Seniors Offers Flexible Independence

Shingles: What Canada's Seniors Should Know

As they grow older, baby boomers are looking ahead to the time they’ll need assistance with day-to-day living.

They’re considering their options for elder care, which are more numerous than those available to previous generations.

One such option—much more economical than nursing home care—is in-home caregiving. That is, continuing to live at home and having caregivers come to you. With more and more companies now providing home care services, such as Comfort Keepers, seniors and their families have a much easier time finding just the right provider to meet their specific needs.

One of the greatest advantages of in-home care is its flexibility. It can be customized to fit the degree of in-home assistance a senior needs. For instance, in-home care can be arranged for a senior who needs around-the-clock help from a caregiver. Or, if a senior just needs a hand with household chores and errands, a home companion can be found to assist a few days a week. Caregivers also can be hired to stay during the daytime, but not overnight, to prepare meals, help a senior get in and out of chairs, dress or bathe, or handle other personal matters.

In-Home Senior Care Flexible to Meet Changing Needs

And the amount and types of in-home care can be adjusted as a senior’s needs change. Even when a senior’s health declines, in-home care can be scheduled to enable the individual to comfortably live the rest of their life right at home—if that’s their desire.

An in-home caregiver or companion relieves seniors from time-consuming daily household and personal care tasks that need to be done. This gives seniors more time to do the things they enjoy—from hobbies, to church and club activities, to visiting with friends.

Through its philosophy of Interactive Caregiving, Comfort Keepers helps seniors partake in activities of their choice that engage them physically, mentally and emotionally. This approach to care promotes seniors’ overall quality of life and health as they participate in exercise, such as walking, gardening and dance; mental activities, such as reading, board games and puzzle solving; and social activities, such as visiting friends, volunteering and staying involved in their favorite organizations.

In-home care offers true senior independence

This distinguishes in-home care from care provided in an assisted living facility where activities are scheduled. With in-home care, seniors can set their own schedule—just as they’ve become accustomed. Again, in-home care offers flexibility and independence.

With someone helping with tasks around the home, seniors have more time to volunteer, visit with friends and family, see a movie, exercise, shop—all the things they like to do, when they want to do them.

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