For many years, even generations, as people got older they leaned on family members and friends to support them. Many grandparents would live in the same house with their adult children, their children, and other family members. As this type of nuclear family disintegrated, more and more people were looking to other options when they needed support and assistance in their older years. This led to an increase in nursing home care, assisted living, and other elder care options.
Home care really became an option in the past few decades and has expanded in recent years tremendously. That’s because more and more seniors preferred to remain within the comfort of their home as opposed to anywhere else as they get older.
Seniors will have more difficulty with each passing year.
As we get older, as we age, it becomes more and more difficult for us to maintain muscle mass. When people reach their mid-to-late 30s, 40s, 50s, and onward, even if they work out regularly in a gym, it will become exceedingly difficult to not just add more muscle mass, but to achieve the same type of stamina, maintain the same level of strength and agility, and more.
This progression increases dramatically once a person reaches their 60s, 70s, and 80s. That means it becomes more difficult for people in their late 70s and 80s to perform some of the most basic tasks that were relatively easy in their 60s and early 70s.
This is where a home care provider can offer assistance.
As people get older and begin having difficulty with these simple tasks, whether it’s walking up and down the stairs to do laundry, stepping into and out of the shower, or even getting something down from a cabinet or replacing the battery in the smoke detector, family members, friends, and others often offer assistance when needed.
The more help a person needs, though, the less likely they will find it with their family and friends. That’s simply because people are busy. They have their own lives to deal with and that means it’s not always going to be easy to make time to simply stop by and help out.
For these seniors who need help, a home care aide or series of caregivers can provide them the opportunity to not just remain in the comfort of their own home, but also maintain a higher quality of life as the years progress. Because more seniors prefer to remain where they are comfortable, in their own home, when they need help, home care options are the best thing to consider.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for a senior in New York, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899. Call today!
Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.
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