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Five Ways a Home Health Aide Can Keep You Independent

Average life expectancy is rising across the United States, with both men and women expected to find themselves enjoying life for approximately 80 years.

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Because of this, more and more Americans are seeking ways to remain independent, socially connected, and healthier for a longer period of time. As American seniors strive to continue being active and involved in their own homes and communities, home care aides are a vital key to their ability to maintain independence, autonomy, and overall health.

Read on to find out how a home health aide can help support an independent lifestyle.

Stay in Your Own Home Longer

It’s not just a house: it’s your HOME. And your home is where you raised your family. It’s where your daughter took her first steps and your son posed awkwardly with his first prom date.

The objects that surround you are the story of your life: the table where you displayed trophies, the sofa you bought after you got that big raise. Even the colors of the walls evoke a snapshot of your history. Your home is where family gathers and memories are stored – you may not want to leave that all behind. A home health aide will help you stay in that home longer. Medicaid recipients in New York State who qualify for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) can even choose to receive their in-home care from a close family member or friend.

Being able to choose in-home care for yourself can be very beneficial to your family as well. With in-home care, you will be able to stay in the comfort of your own home which can allow your family to visit at any time. They won’t have to wait for visiting hours like they would at a senior living community. They can come over whenever you would like them to and you can even have your grandchildren sleepover and continue to make memories with them at your home. This can make you feel a lot more independent even when you are getting help from a home health aide.

Keep Your Independence

Time takes a physical toll on all of us. We slow down, our reflexes aren’t what they used to be, and our glasses have to make everything just a little bit bigger. Eventually, things that used to be simple – like driving a car – are no longer a possibility. What then? How will you get your groceries, pop over to the salon, or meet up with your friends at a cafe?

An agency like Special Touch Home Care can help you sort out those questions, and a home health aide can make all those activities possible again. Age is going to have its effects, but it should never prevent you from enjoying life.

Save Yourself from Social Isolation

Once upon a time, your home was a bustling hub of activity, full of kids, extended family, and friends. Now, a whole day may go by and you realize you haven’t had contact with another human being. Some people may not mind such isolation, but most people are at risk of gradually slipping into a lack of personal care, or even depression. A home health aide can provide needed companionship, while also connecting you to the larger world.

With the support of quality home care, you can maintain your connections with all the people you know and love, ensuring not only your mental health, but your physical well-being as well.

Your home health aide can even help you connect with your friends and family via Zoom or FaceTime. With technology nowadays, you can reach almost anyone around the world, so you can keep in touch with your friends and family even states away. So, if you are having trouble getting in touch with loved ones, your home health aide can help you connect.

With in-home care allowing such a flexible schedule, you can make lunch plans with your friends that live in the same town. If you want to go out with your friends, you can do this when receiving in-home care. Just because you need a little help around the house doesn’t mean you can’t continue to live your life the way you want to.

Ease Your Family’s Concerns

The people who love you want to know that you’re doing well. Because they care, they worry about your safety and happiness. They may one day suggest looking into an assisted living facility, even though you think you’re just fine where you are.

But – maybe you could use a little help.

A home care agency is the easiest place to start your search for non-disruptive support that gets you the help you need without requiring a major change to the way you live. You can remain a valuable member of your community, while your family gains peace of mind.

As we’ve mentioned before, your family can visit you at home whenever you want them to. This can make them feel at peace of mind, knowing they aren’t limited to visiting hours. This may be a huge concern for your family, so that’s why in-home care is such a great option for many people.

Make Your Own Decisions

While our bodies will reflect the passage of time, our minds are not required to follow suit. If you pride yourself on finding your own way through the world – calling the shots for decades while building a home, a family, and a career – it may be difficult to accept someone suddenly telling you when you have to eat breakfast.

Home care allows you to retain agency over your own actions. You live where you want to live and do what you want to do (whenever you want to do it).

If you have a certain routine you like to stick to, you can stick to it! You can make your own in-home care plan and discuss this with your family and your home health aide. Or, you may want to shake things up a bit and try something new! With in-home care, your independence allows you to choose what you want to do each and every day. With help from your home health aide, you can stick to a routine or try something new. It’s all up to you!

When you can no longer do everything for yourself, but are not ready to surrender your autonomy to an institution, home care is the perfect way to ease into supported living. Special Touch can help you through any decisions that need to be made, including which program makes the most sense for you and the best way to implement it.

Contact us any time and ask to speak to a Care Representative.

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