There can be a number of reasons why somebody refuses to consider home care. They might not think it’s affordable. They may believe they can take better care of themselves right now than hiring a professional to support them.
Some aging men and women simply assume their adult children are going to step up and provide that kind of support.
Most of the time, aging seniors understand their own physical limitations, even if they are slow to admit to them. What often happens, though, is that when the topic of home care comes up, they have had various preconceived notions about it coming from other aspects of their life.
Sometimes, refusing home care is because they received bad advice somewhere along their life.
What kind of “bad” advice could somebody have received about home care?
One of the most common involves assuming all home care is the same. It’s not. There are different types of home care, different levels, and different types of affordability.
For example, some seniors may dismiss home care as an option for them simply because the assume they need to hire somebody for full-time or around-the-clock care.
They don’t. Through an agency, they can have a great deal of flexibility, which means they can hire somebody for just a couple of hours at a time.
Some seniors rely on home care for just one or two days a week when they need the most help and assistance.
Other seniors may have heard that home care is simply not safe. Most of the time, news media outlets only publish tragedies, bad news, and crimes. In a very rare situation, a home care provider has been reported to have abused, neglected, or stolen from elderly clients.
Yes, it is possible that these things can happen, but when you look at the number of professional, experienced paid caregivers in the country and compared to the few cases that paint it in a negative light, it is the rare exception rather than the rule.
What should an elderly senior do to get the right advice?
They should contact an agency directly or have a close family member or friend do so on their behalf. They should ask the pointed questions they may have of the administrators there.
Then, they can even meet with a potential home care provider, get to know him or her, ask questions, and realize that it truly is a good option for their future.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING HOME CARE IN WAKE FOREST, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT SENIORS HELPING SENIORS TODAY. CALL (919) 761-5346.