How Home Care Agencies Can Help Them Stay at Home Longer
What are the most common reasons seniors initially move into assisted living centers? How can home care agencies and their teams of caregiving professionals help keep aging loved ones in their homes?
According to a caring.com review, the four “big-picture” areas that most often trigger the shift in thinking to an assisted living lifestyle, include:
- Recent accidents or close calls – such as falls or a car accident
- A slow recovery from a bout of the flu or a bad cold, other illness and/or inability to get proper treatment
- A chronic health condition that’s worsening – and the senior cannot address it on their own
- Increasing difficultly with the activities and instrumentals of daily living
The first on the list references accidents and falls. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports on the extraordinary number of falls among the elderly in this country. There are 1,500 deaths a year related to falls, and 2.5 million non-fatal falls.
Three-quarters of a million older Americans wind up hospitalized after a fall, which can often lead straight to an assisted living center.
Home Care Can Provide Much of What’s Needed
Experienced home care aides and caregiving professionals can provide essential assistance for the elderly in navigating their homes, especially stairs.
Home health care agencies can also assist in the recovery from illness, and make it easier to handle chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, early stage dementia, diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis.
Home aides are well positioned to ensure that these health conditions can be addressed responsibly on a daily, routine basis, rather than have the patient enter a far more costly assisted living center.
Activities of Daily Living Assistance
A CDC National Center for Health Statistics Databrief reports that 4 in 10 people in assisted living need help with the activities of daily living (ADL).
According to the report:
“About three-quarters of all residents received assistance with bathing (72%), over one-half received assistance with dressing (52%), more than one-third received assistance with toileting (36%), one-quarter received assistance with transferring (25%), and more than one-fifth received assistance with eating (22%).”
The seniors who need help with toileting also may suffer from increasing incontinence, which causes them to go to the bathroom far more often and in more of a rush – both of which, if they live at home – increase the risk of a fall or other difficulty around the toilet.
Home care agencies like Nurse Care of North Carolina, are well equipped to fill in and carefully handle many of the important day-to-day duties. NCNC is staffed with the best home care aides and caregivers who are well suited to assist with these problems, mitigate the risks and allow loved ones to live at home longer.