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Reasons to Consider In-home Elder Care
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Four out of five people who receive in-home care receive it from an unpaid friend or relative who's volunteering their help. See more healthy aging pictures.

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Whether you're thinking about it for yourself or for a loved one, there are several reasons to consider in-home elder care. While good reasons also exist to turn to nursing homes and retirement centers when appropriate, in-home elder care is usually agreeable, not only to the family members involved in making such decisions, but also to the person receiving the care.

Home care is usually provided in the form of visits that last between two and four hours. Assistance is available in many different forms, including services provided by an occupational therapist, a home health aide who provides help with personal mobility or a homemaker who performs household chores. Volunteers working through churches or community organizations may assist with errands or simply provide companionship.

About seven in 10 people now over the age of 65 will require long-term professional care, and four out of five people who do receive in-home care receive it from an unpaid friend or relative who's volunteering their help [source: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services].

For loved ones struggling to personally provide a satisfactory level of care to an aging relative, the decision to bring professional help into the home to assist with present needs may be a world-changer.

So what are some reasons to consider in-home elder care? Keep reading to learn the five important ones.

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