Many services needed by an elderly person don't necessarily require professional help, such as dressing, transportation, keeping up with medications, help getting in and out of a bathtub and fall prevention. As their additional daily needs develop, family members can often provide assistance with these tasks.
However, these needs may in time increase beyond what loved ones can personally provide. That's when families need professional help. Until that help is obtained, the added stress and strain of increasingly greater needs can weigh heavier on family members to the point of physical and emotional exhaustion.
In-home elder care can remove a large burden from the shoulders of a family member who's been acting as primary care giver. Having the extra help will allow you to worry less about the care of your loved one and pay a little more attention to yourself.
Not only that, children and grandchildren can spend more time in a familiar environment with their parent or grandparent than would otherwise be the case. Visits won't necessarily be consumed entirely with personal-care tasks or other assistance, since the home health aide will have provided much of that already, leaving more time for simply talking and sharing companionship.
For lots more information about reasons to consider in-home elder care, see the next section.
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