McCortney Family In-Home Care News
Advantages of Home Care for Elderly with Alzheimer's or Dementia
The quotes below are from a general article on in-home care service, but I would like to focus them down a bit to family home care for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. I believe remaining in YOUR home is important for all senior adults, but it is increasingly important for those with cognitive disorders.
The last thing anyone wants is to be forced by circumstances to leave the house you have lived in for decades. One of the advantages of these services is that they can enable the senior to stay in their residence indefinitely. The skills that the providers bring to their clients can relieve them of the worry of not being able to live alone.
Being able to stay in the home they own is very important to people and as they age it becomes even more important. Aging in place is possible for most seniors if they have access to the appropriate resources and the financial means to afford the extra cost. As a whole, bringing the assistance to the senior is far more cost efficient than the alternative of placing them in a nursing home or retirement facility.
From my experience providing hospice and in-home care in Oklahoma, if your loved one is suffering from middle to late stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, their home may very well be the biggest thing in the world that they still know. They may have forgotten names, have totally forgotten dates, and may not remember what was for dinner last night, but they remember the house. They remember where their bed is. They remember where the bathroom is. They remember where they go to get food and water. They are comfortable and feel secure in their homes. To me, this is why in-home care service is such a great choice for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. If their home is the biggest thing they remember, then we need to find ways to keep these people in their homes. Keep them where they feel comfortable. Keep them where their memories are. If you can hire a caregiver to help your loved one with a cognitive disorder remain in a home that they have lived in for many years, it will never been a bad decision.