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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.

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.

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.

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).

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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