Factors to Consider when Deciding to Begin In-Home Care

Friday, October 28, 2022

If you are struggling with a disability, or any health condition that does not allow you to fully take care of yourself, you should consider professional help. Namely, you have two options: choosing a nursing home or the in-home care system.

Certainly, most people would like to stay at home instead of going to a nursing home or other facility. Is staying home the right choice for you?   What are some important evaluation criteria to consider when deciding to get in-home care?

  • In-home accessibility– what types of home modifications do you need to make in order to have free access to your home? Do you/Will you need to use the wheelchair? If yes, then you need to reach all cupboards in your home, and eliminate any obstacles to use your wheelchair without problems. You really need to weigh your options very well and decide which solution best suits your current and future health condition. If your condition is temporary, you can consider in-home care. However, if your situation is predicted to worsen, you might need more professional help on a 24-hour basis.
  • Family & friends support– can you rely on your family members for help whenever you need it? There is shopping that needs to be done, administrative tasks to be taken care of, and personal care issues where you require help. If you cannot count on your family members for such support, but you still want to continue staying at home, you will need daily assistance from a caretaker.
  • Socializing- can you leave your home with ease? Can you meet with your friends and family whenever you want? Isolation can be a huge problem that seriously affects your quality of life and well-being. Even though you are now facing health issues, you must continue staying active and socializing as frequently as possible. Consider this side as well when you are making your choice.
  • What can you afford? Research your options and calculate how much it would cost you to receive the in-home care you need. Which solution is the most affordable to you? Do you need 24-hour coverage, or will having someone visit once a day cover your current needs? Healthcare and personal care assistance can get quite expensive, and you can run out of budget very quickly. This is why it is important to plan ahead and make some estimative calculations on how much everything would cost you in the long run.

If you or a senior loved one are considering starting in home care, schedule a consultation with Concierge Care. Our staff of highly trained in-home caregivers is here to provide your senior loved one with care and companionship whenever it is needed.

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