As we get older, it’s more common to experience health or mobility issues. When it becomes difficult to complete tasks without assistance, many seniors require outside help. If you’re able-bodied, there may be a lot of things you take for granted, like the ability to hop in your car and run errands, do household chores, or even prepare a sandwich.
If you hear a loved one saying things like, “these stairs are tough!” or, “I don’t like driving much anymore” they may need more assistance than they currently receive.
However, deciding to leave home is a difficult choice to make. It’s natural for people to want to stay at home for as long as possible. Fortunately, there are several tools and organizations that help seniors get the assistance they need to remain in place.
Here’s what you might expect to use for at-home care.
Home Health Agencies
These organizations are staffed by healthcare professionals. These professionals provide in-home support services for as many or as few hours a day as needed. Plus, they don’t just offer medical services. Nurses, aides, therapists, homemakers, and social workers all work for home health agencies. If you require this type of care, you may be able to get reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance.
Non-Medical In-Home Care
Sometimes, you may not require medical care, but you might need help running errands. In this case, non-medical caregivers can provide assistance. If you’re simply looking for a companion, they can provide that too.
If you require mobility aids or other medical equipment but not full-time care, many companies will offer equipment for home use. This might include things like oxygen, wheelchairs, or other supplies. Plus, Medicare typically covers durable medical equipment. Companies will work directly with Medicare or other insurance, too.
Personal Emergency Response Systems
One thing that can make seniors feel more secure at home is a personal emergency response system. Personal alert services save about one person from a life-threatening situation every ten minutes, making them a great option for seniors who still want to live at home.
There’s no shame in needing extra help around the home, but it helps to know what kind you’ll most likely need. It may even be helpful to start looking into options ahead of time. This way, you won’t have to scramble to find care when you do need it. A good place to start is with your local Agency on Aging. Agencies on Aging are local nonprofits that connect seniors to community resources. They can help you find different local resources, such as transportation, advocacy, and Medicare services. Simply enter your zip code at n4a.org to get started.