Aging in place is a term that’s being used more commonly in recent years to depict the preferred location for seniors as they get older. As the Baby Boomer generation begins retiring, there’s expected to be an increased demand for services that allow some to remain within the comfort of their home. When a person has difficulty with mobility or their overall health, an in home care aide can be instrumental at providing the type of support he or she needs.
For caregivers all across the country, these men and women are in the trenches, the frontlines of the battle to keep them safe and comfortable. But it’s more than simply providing a level of comfort that’s not easy for some to achieve when left to their own devices; it’s about improving quality of life.
While there are certainly numerous larger in home care agencies controlled by major companies, there are still hundreds and even thousands all across the country that are owned by independent individuals. These owners usually start up a new agency with the express intent of making a difference in the lives of those who need their support. In many communities across the country, especially in the more rural settings where access to quality care may be more difficult to come by, these home care agencies become an integral part of long-term senior care.
In the AlbuquerqueJournal article, In-home care helps seniors comfortably age in place, written by Steven Sinovic, staff writer:
“People do better in an environment they are comfortable with,” said [Mary] Martinez [franchise owner of Home Instead Senior Care], who studied gerontology in college. She said nursing homes are useful for skilled care, but she saw a need to give seniors more options when she worked as a case manager for the state of New Mexico. She often heard families say they wish they didn’t have to put Mom or Dad in a home. And, Mom or Dad didn’t want to give up their possessions and what’s most familiar to them, she says.”
As studies show the improvements in quality care and of life when seniors have the right access to proper care, home care becomes an incredibly vital component of quality of life for people as they get older. More seniors would rather remain at home, where they’re comfortable, even if they have extra needs or limited mobility. Thanks to agencies large and small, they’re able to enjoy the benefits caregivers offer.