While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all of our lives, the senior population, in particular, has been hit the hardest. According to the CDC, 8 out of 10 pandemic-related deaths have been reported in adults 65 years and older.
Many nursing home communities struggled to keep their residents safe from widespread infection during the early days of the pandemic here in the U.S. New measures are helping ensure better infection control to the point that many families are once again looking to senior communities for the help they need for their loved ones. These families may currently be faced with wait lists or other barriers for marginally challenged seniors. And the most fragile seniors may not be able to wait.
Most nursing homes are highly regulated and offer long-term care solutions for some families along with the possibility of social connections which is important since isolation can contribute to mental and physical decline. But there is another option for seniors needing assistance, one, according to many recent studies, that is becoming more popular than ever in today’s challenging times: Home care.
Care in the Comfort of Home
Home care offers a great option for so many reasons. Indeed, when asked, nine out of 10 seniors prefer aging in their own homes. Many are fearful of moving to a new environment, which can, at least initially, be incredibly disorienting. And for those families who need help now, home health care is a fast and reliable option.
According to a recent NBC News feature, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has “highlighted an increased need and importance of care in the home.”
As stated by Vicki Hoak, executive director of the Home Care Association of America, the one-on-one kind of help provided by a home health caregiver is ideal since, “we see any change of condition and we can monitor and can keep people safe.”
Individual caregivers can provide more than just assistance to seniors. A home healthcare caregiver offers assurance to a family that their loved one is receiving critical help, along with a sense of familiarity and continuity. Almost all kinds of senior care can be delivered at home, including:
• Assistance with everyday tasks (eating, bathing and grooming, etc.)
• Light housekeeping/laundry
• Grocery shopping/meal preparation
• Disease management
• Medication reminders
Reliance Home Health Care, Inc.
Whether you or a loved need help with a medical condition or just assistance with the basic tasks of everyday living due to illness, injury or age, Blue Bell’s Reliance Home Health Care, Inc. can help. We offer both non-medical and medical assistance in Montgomery, Philadelphia and Delaware Counties, all in compliance with today’s recommended safety protocols. Try us for a day – FREE OF CHARGE. Please give us a call at 610-896-6030 to learn more about our services and to schedule a consultation.