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Considering the Benefits of Home Care

As our loved ones age, the time comes when we may start to consider a higher level of care.  This usually happens when the desire for independence is still very strong, but the practicality and safety of home assistance is starting to make more sense. That’s where we at Freedom Home Care can help.

Daily activities can become more and more difficult as we age, and chores like shopping, dressing, driving, or bathing can become obstacles to enjoying everyday life. When this time comes, home care provides seniors with health care, non-medical care, and even companionship while still retaining independence in the comfort of their own home.

With 90% of seniors preferring to stay in their homes as long as possible, and 78 million baby boomers continue to retire at the rate of 8,000 a day, Home Care is more and more in demand.

But what are the benefits of home care? Many seniors have lived in their homes for a great deal of time, and the idea of starting over in an assisted care facility with a new roommate can be extremely difficult. With home care, we are able to bring the care that’s needed without the loss of independence or the day-to-day familiarities of home.

The price of home care is also significantly lower than that of a nursing home. While rooms in a nursing home run average to about $200 a day, home care only runs about $18 an hour, making a typical four hour day significantly less at only $76.

The question of when and what type of home care is necessary is entirely dependent on your loved one’s specific needs, and while there is a wide range of medical care such as home health nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physicians, not all home care assistance is medical. Home health aides, personal care attendants, homemakers, and companions can also help with basic everyday needs like walking, grooming, and eating, or more domestic needs like housekeeping, transportation, or preparing meals.

Are you or your loved one ready to make the transition to living with assistance? Does home care sound like the right option for you? Find out more about our programs and services, or give us a call at 847.433.5788.

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