Home Care for Seniors Bronx NY
It’s far too easy to assume that a home care aide is only going to be available when a person absolutely needs that type of assistance. It depends on the situation.
If a person is on an extremely limited income, maybe even considered living in poverty, the thought of hiring a home care aide simply for companionship probably never crosses their mind. They wouldn’t be able to hire a professional caregiver through Medicaid unless a doctor recommended these services.
In order to receive services paid for by the government, usually through Medicare and Medicaid services, there has to be specific requirement for this level of assistance. Needing help with basic daily living tasks is one such requirement.
Requiring a visiting nurse or physical therapist would be another specific requirement. So what about people who plan to pay for home care support on their own?
Could they hire a home care aide for nothing more than companionship?
When people are going to pay for home care services on their own, independently, they can hire these caregivers for whatever purpose they need. It could be for minimal assistance in the morning just to make sure an elderly family member is safe while getting out of bed, getting showered, and getting dressed.
They may hire a caregiver to provide companionship for their loved one throughout the day. Maybe their elderly father, in his 80s, no longer has friends in the area. Perhaps he doesn’t have any immediate family members who live relatively close, either.
If he has extreme difficulty getting around without assistance, that’s one thing, but if it’s simply a matter of being lonely, how much benefit could an experienced and professional home care aide offer?
In fact, an experienced caregiver can provide a wealth of benefits for those who may be feeling isolated, alone, and ultimately at an increased risk of depression.
It’s easy to assume a home care aide is only there for those who have difficulty with their mobility. An aide can provide valuable companionship. They can have conversations, play games, and even go for walks with their elderly clients. For those aides who offer transportation services, they may be able to take a trip to the mall, an art gallery, or a museum if that’s something their client wishes to do.
There are plenty of emotional benefits to relying on a home care aide when a person spends most of their time alone.