How Home Care Makes Life Easier for Seniors

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Learn the many different ways that home care makes life easier for seniors.

With temperatures regularly climbing into the 100s, Arizona summers are some of the hottest around. While many people choose to live here because of the warm weather, getting out in the heat can also be hazardous, particularly for older adults. And who wants to drag themselves out to the doctor’s office for health care services when those services can be taken care of right in the comfort of home? Beyond the dangers of hot weather, there are a number of health-related concerns that make day-to-day life more challenging for older loved ones. Partnering with a professional home care provider can ease those challenges by offering high quality skilled nursing, specialty care, and non-medical care in the comfort of home.

For those living with chronic illness, recovering from surgery or injury, or simply coping with the changes and challenges of aging, home care can greatly simplify daily life. At Nightingale Homecare, our senior care experts customize home care services to assist seniors in Arizona with a variety of medical and non-medical needs. These services can include:

Non-Medical Care:

  • Planning and preparing nutritious meals to meet specific dietary needs
  • Shopping and running errands
  • Light housekeeping
  • Assistance with personal care, such as bathing, dressing, and mobility in the home
  • Medication reminders
  • Transportation to and from medical appointments or social outings
  • Help with exercise or daily walks
  • And much more

Skilled Nursing Care:

  • Chronic disease care for conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, COPD, and more
  • Pain management
  • Tube feedings
  • Wound care
  • Medication administration
  • Dementia care and education
  • Speech therapy
  • And much more

Beyond these very important care tasks, however, home care can also make daily life easier and less stressful for older adults. Some aspects of health and mobility naturally decline as a person ages. These changes can make daily living a struggle for many. For example, a person with arthritis may experience difficulty getting up from a chair or cleaning the house due to pain. Preparing meals can be very difficult for a person with dementia. Getting out of the house to go to a physical therapy appointment can be a huge ordeal for a person recovering from hip surgery. Our team has experience with these common issues and has the training to help seniors receive quality care at home.

How Does Home Care Support Seniors?

Home care makes life easier for seniors in a variety of ways, including:

  • Reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation: With a trusted caregiver in the home on a regular basis, older loved ones have a person to talk and interact with. At Nightingale Homecare, we artfully match our clients with care providers whose personalities most closely align with their own. This helps enhance the feeling of companionship and fosters the bond that comes naturally in home care relationships.
  • Allowing older adults to stay in the homes they love, instead of moving to a facility: The majority of seniors would prefer to remain at home as they age. With in-home care services, issues such as mobility decline or chronic health conditions don’t necessitate a move to a care facility as services can be provided in the comfort and familiarity of home.
  • Ensuring safety in and around the home: Falls in the home are a leading cause of injury for seniors. Our caregivers can provide a safety assessment and daily monitoring to ensure that older loved ones can get around safely and reduce risks.
  • Reducing hospital admissions: A stay in a hospital can have a profound impact on a person’s health, and rest and rehabilitation are often needed to help them get back to their normal level of health. Home care services are designed to provide the medical and non-medical care a person needs in the home to help them recover from surgery, injury, and illness at home. This care reduces the chance that a person will need to return to the hospital.
  • Providing regular nutritious meals: Nutrition is vital to senior health, but many older adults struggle to adhere to the prescribed plan for meals and lack nutrients they need. Home care providers can help plan, shop, and prepare meals in accordance with each person’s dietary requirements to support proper nutrition. The companionship of our caregivers also helps stimulate appetite for those who struggle with eating alone.
  • Maintaining a clean and organized home: A clean home is a healthier home. Unfortunately, cleaning can be difficult for those with mobility issues, chronic pain, or other health complications. An in-home caregiver or home health aide can provide light housekeeping and laundry services to ensure the senior is living in a clean and tidy home.
  • Providing medication reminders or administration: Medication adherence is crucial for health. If an older adult benefits from reminders to take his or her medication or depends on help with medication administration, our home care providers can ensure that all medications are taken on time and safely.
  • Offering transportation to medical appointments: Getting out in the community is often challenging for seniors, particularly for those who can no longer drive safely. Home care provides transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments and other outings as needed to make sure older loved ones get treatments they need and stay as social and engaged as possible

To learn more about Nightingale Homecare’s senior care professionals and how our home care services make life easier for older adults, give us a call at 602-926-1157 or reach out to us online and a member of our team will be happy to provide more information.