Posted on Mar 31, 2016
More than 60% of seniors wish to stay in their own home according to the Housing Decisions of Older Australians report released in 2015. Whilst assisted living facilities may be a happy and necessary choice for some people, in-home aged care allows you or your loved one to enjoy the warmth, memories and familiarity associated with the family home.
The Australian government’s in-home care packages offer everything from light housekeeping to medical assistance. If you need help to continue living at home independently, this may be the right solution for you. Here are five fantastic reasons to access in-home care options.
- Family Time
Seniors and their loved ones appreciate that having an in-home carer allows for quality family time. Whereas family members were previously stressed about issues such as housework, medical appointments and safety, they can now socialise with their loved one in a relaxed environment. Just as caregivers can suffer from stress, the person being cared for can do so as well. Depression and guilt can occur if a loved one feels they are imposing on your life.
If you are relatively independent, it makes sense to only pay for services you need. In-home care providers allow you to tailor-make a package for your specific situation. For example, you may be able to prepare your own meals but need help with transport. Those who are still in a good state of health may pay for unnecessary amenities and services in a residential facility.
An in-home carer will be able to provide assistance that meets your changing needs. If you become ill, for example, you may require nursing care. As you recover, your in-home carer can revert to doing the previous tasks. The ability to customise and adjust in-home care as circumstances change is a major advantage for you and your family.
In your own home, you can choose if you wish to sleep in, walk in the park or eat ice-cream for breakfast. Remaining at home allows you to retain independence and create your own schedule. An in-home carer will work with you to determine the best ways to let you enjoy your freedom whilst giving you the help you need. You will have extra time to socialise, volunteer, exercise and do the things you love.
Your in-home carer is there to provide companionship as well as help you accomplish tasks. Carers are compassionate people who genuinely enjoy working with seniors. Your carer is able to provide conversation and company if you spend a lot of time alone. Playing cards, visiting a coffee shop or walking on the beach are all activities which can be arranged with your carer.
In many cases, it is psychologically and financially prudent for you to “age in place” by staying in your own home. In-home care allows you to have a positive outlook and lead an active life with the reassurance that assistance is available when you need it. Explore your My Aged Care options and choose a highly-experienced provider in order to enjoy these five great benefits of in-home aged care.
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