It’s easy to assume that home care is strictly for those men and women who need assistance “at home”, but more agencies are recognizing the benefits and value these services can also provide travelers.
As people age, a growing demographic in the United States of people over 65 are dealing with chronic health issues, yet many of them still want to travel. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 6 in 10 aging Americans have some type of chronic health issue, but can still travel, with assistance.
Home health care agencies are acknowledging the inherent value in providing support to those men and women who wish to visit family, travel the country, and do things they always dreamed about doing during their retirement years. Instead of paying for airfare, hotel, food, and other expenses for a home care aide to travel with them, relying on an agency to provide these services in their destination city is an affordable way to travel and still maintain safety and quality of life.
According to the Washington Post article, published by the Sun Sentinel, As the population ages, more home health-care companies cater to travelers, written by Kate Silver of the Washington Post:
As our aging population faces health and mobility challenges — 6 in 10 have a chronic disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — more people may benefit from a helping hand on the road. Becky Torrez, who owns BrightStar Care of Las Vegas, says she enjoys being able to help travelers, and wants people to know they have options for getting assistance. “I think that a lot of people think, ‘I’m sick, so I can’t go,’ or, ‘I’m in a wheelchair, so I can’t go.’ And I think that the lesson in all this is you can do a lot; it just takes preparation and thinking ahead,” Torrez says.
When people recognize that they can actually travel and not have to incur the added expense of paying for another person to go along with them (a home care aide, for example), it increases the likelihood of not only doing things aging seniors still want to do, but also the sense of independence many seniors still wish to hold onto.
The article also noted:
Nikki Magyar, who is president and owner of Right at Home Orlando in Florida, also offers assistance to travelers and is eager to support visitors. “I want to take care of you, whether it’s short-term or long-term,” she says. “We want to help anybody.”
Not all home care agencies provide services for travelers, but as more recognize the value in doing so, it may encourage even more seniors and possibly other disabled adults who want to travel to reach out and discover what type of support is available. In doing so, more aging seniors might be able to pursue activities and travel they always dreamed about doing but thought was no longer feasible.
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