There are many driving factors for home care as a growing industry. One of the most significant is an aging population. As the baby boomer generation retires, as people live longer, they will face increased health issues and limits with mobility.
It’s not just seniors who have limited mobility or face certain health issues who need in-home care support services. Some seniors who are diagnosed with dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s, often prefer to remain home as the disease progresses, if at all possible.
For a lot of these aging men and women, modifications must be made to their home to accommodate the changing dynamics of their health and certain diseases. While some people choose care facilities, those that are being placed within certain neighborhoods are meeting resistance. These care homes are not the same as in-home care support services, and there are reasons some residents are pushing back against the proliferation of care facilities that are taking regular homes and retrofitting them into health care facilities.
According to a WSOCTV.com news blog, Residents upset after neighborhood homes turned into adult care facilities:
““People with dementia, although they might wander, we have alarms and things set up in the home to prevent that,” a company spokesperson said. “The last thing we want is people exiting the home without our knowledge.”
The company said the extensive renovations they have done boosted the appraised value, but Conner, who is also a realtor argues the opposite.
“When you’ve got a house that is so built out and so specifically built, it’s not going to be a comparable home when you look at other houses in this neighborhood,” [Homeowner Elizabeth] Conner said.”
While this kind of resistance to a care facility designed to support people with dementia might seem cruel and callous, these homeowners may have some legitimate concerns. Aging seniors dealing with such serious health issues can be cared for in their home without requiring a facility-type setting in a house.
Even seniors who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other type of dementia may often prefer to remain home, where they are most comfortable, for as long as possible. With experienced in-home health care support services, that is certainly possible.
Homeowners wouldn’t resist the support of an in-home health care provider supporting aging residents with any number of chronic health issues and even terminal diseases. While comfort and safety are cornerstones of in-home care, providing support without interfering in the makeup of the neighborhood is sometimes an unsung benefit the services provide.
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