When was there a time when you struggled just a little bit? Probably most of us have had some instances or examples about when we weren’t our best. It could have been when we broke our leg, had the flu, or suffered some other ailment. Most of us can relate, right?
That means when people age and begin having some challenges with daily life, and it’s usually the subtle, gradual progression from one ability to a little more struggle, we don’t wake up to the need for support right away. It takes time.
After all, we’ve ‘been there, done that’ plenty of times before. Plus, it’s not easy to accept and realize that we are slowing down, that our physical capabilities are in decline. Too often, seniors want to cling to what they were able to accomplish in the past rather than accepting what they are limited to now.
Where does home care come into play?
That all depends. It depends on the senior. It depends on the circumstances. It depends on the location. It also depends on who that senior has in their life to turn to.
For example, many aging seniors will first and foremost turn to loved ones for help. Family. Mostly, this would include a spouse who is physically capable, but it will also be adult children who live close to them. Sometimes, it might be grandchildren.
Yet, many of those people who rally around their parents and other family members as they age don’t even think much about home care.
Why is this?
Mostly, because there is this notion that when you begin thinking or talking about home care with a parent or other family member who is expecting you to support them, it means you don’t care.
You don’t want to do it.
In truth, the people who understand what home care is and why it’s so valuable are often the ones who would try to convince their aging mother or father, grandmother or grandfather, aunt or uncle, spouse or partner are the ones who see beyond the emotional struggle.
When people are worried about their future or their safety, they will usually turn to their immediate connections first. Their family and their friends.
It’s comfortable. It’s safe. It’s easy. But it’s not always best.
The best option for aging seniors who may only be dealing with a few physical challenges is still home care. Why? Because experience is important and you simply won’t find the right level of experience among most family members who have never helped an elderly person with day-to-day life.