Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Top 10 reasons for in-home care

If you could choose, where would you live?

Right now, I’m thinking someplace warm and sunny. A little warm water lapping on a sandy beach wouldn’t hurt, either. Maybe a hammock, a good book or two, a very light and fruity umbrella drink…that sounds pretty good to me!

But where would you live if you needed a little help? Would you rush into the nearest neighborhood nursing home? Would you sell everything and move out of your home as quickly as possible?

Not likely. More likely, you’d start looking for help to come to you. You’d look for options that would allow you to keep your dignity, your independence, your privacy as long as possible.

Today, more and more seniors and people with disabilities are looking at home care as the option they’d prefer – for life.

A great website, Ourparents.com, provides resources for in home care as well as an easy to use facility finder. They list the “Top ten reasons why baby boomers want to age in place” as including:

1) It allows you the most freedom in the least restrictive environment, something of high value to baby boomers (like me).

2) Its safe. Your home is one of the safest places, in terms of exposure to infectious diseases. Most homes can be made even safer with minor modifications to reduce stairs or add grab bars.

3) Healing and quality of life are important to baby boomers – and we truly believe that “there’s no place like home.”

4) Control, control, control. Baby boomers do love to be in control.

5) Personalization and one-on-one care – after all, for baby boomers, “it’s all about me” – right?!

6) Comfort. My home reflects what is comfortable to me – my favorite chair, my books, my hobbies and my “stuff.”

7) Aging is place has demonstrated effect on healthier, happier aging.

8) Staying in your own community – in your own neighborhood – help you retain roots that baby boomers value.

9) Technology – it’s a word we boomers love. We invented the internet, after all, not to mention the microwave and much of the other technology today’s generation takes for granted. Technology today is all about supporting a person to stay in their own homes as long as they choose to do so. Baby boomers can be expected to embrace this new technology.

10) We fear the loss of independence – almost more than we fear death itself. As baby boomers, we fear this loss for our parents, too.

These are ten great reasons that we will continue to prefer care in our own homes. But at the end of the day, we probably only need one: its home.

Did you know that your long term care insurance policy most likely covers the cost of caregiver training? Did you know that you (or a family member or paid caregiver) can get certified as a Personal Care Aide 100% online using the Institute for Professional Care Education’s e-learning course? Check it out at www.IPCed.com or call us at 877-843-8374.

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