Aug 15th, 2013
Over time, the way we take care of our seniors has changed. Today, unlike in the past, they are likely to find themselves alone at a time when they most need someone to take care of them. In-home care seems to be replacing the traditional way of taking care of the elderly, which was to place them in nursing homes, due to the lack of assistance available for working families. To fully understand how senior home care services developed, let’s take a look back over the last 10 years.
In the past, at the beginning of the century, as people aged, they did so at one of their children’s homes or with relatives. Life was relatively cheap and many families remained close relationships, when compared today’s families. In fact, it continued to be for many decades, until the world became diverse and people left the family geography.
The cost of taking care of the elderly has become overwhelming for many. Today, with the internet and air travel, people have moved away from home, leaving parents who are aging by themselves. The internet has made communication easy, so many people feel that as long as they video chat once in a while, it is enough.
It isn’t. The older people get, the more care they need to support their activities of daily living. They have 2 main options available to them: nursing homes or elder home care assistance. Nursing homes provide the needed care, but they strip away a lot of the freedom and independence that one would otherwise enjoy if they were at home. As soon as you check in, you have to sign a document that says that essentially says a nursing home controls your daily activities and schedule.
Home care services, like True Freedom Home Care, have managed to figure out a way to take care of the elderly, allowing them all the privacy and independence they want. They have put together several packages that the elderly can choose from. Depending on the plan level and hours available, a home care assistant will do a variety of things for seniors. These services can include meal planning and preparation, dressing, shopping, toilet assistance, grooming, medication reminders, laundry and so on.
True Freedom home care plans also allow the senior to choose a neighbor or a close friend who will come in during the day and provide any additional assistance they may need.
Historically, this level of home care assistance has been tough to coordinate or even qualify for. However, American Senior Services Incorporated now offers guaranteed acceptance, with no health questions, no claim forms, no deductibles, no co-pays and no age limits.
It is now the easiest it has ever been to cover all activities of daily living, without the overwhelming costs or time consuming coordination.