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Respite Care: An Indispensable Part of Planning for Summer Vacations

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Planning summer activities can quickly get difficult if you have a loved one who can’t be alone.

Planning for summer vacations can be complicated at times, especially when a person’s list of responsibilities includes caring for an ailing loved one. Think about it. There are many healthcare problems that may prevent a person from being alone for any extended length of time. Examples include people with dementia, paralysis, advance stage cancers and neuromuscular diseases.

So, what are the alternatives to traveling with an ailing loved one whose health would be further compromised by participation in long distance, summer vacations? For many Americans, the answer is respite care. Respite care comes in many forms. Sometimes it is provided by long-term care facilities, which may be traumatic for individuals accustom to living at home.

Other times, services are delivered in the ailing individual’s home, either by the hour or as part of live-in, in-home care. Live-in care is often the preferred method because it allows medically compromised individuals and their families to build relationships with their caregivers. This is a vital part of the respite care process, especially when trust is an issue.

In order for family members to feel safe and comfortable while on vacation, they must be able to trust surrogate caregivers implicitly. And we all know that such a high degree of trust is not achieved instantly. It is built upon over the course of continuous care. Families must also have time to work with live-in, in-home caregivers to ensure that their surrogates fully understand their loved ones needs.

In some instances, respite care includes medical services and other times it does not. Therefore, it may also be necessary for families to hire additional staff to help care for their loved ones’ medical needs during the course of a family vacation. With that said, to learn more about the types of respite care services available in the State of Arizona, please contact us atEndeavor Senior Care. We offer one-on-one, in-home care services to individuals and families living in the Phoenix Valley.

Elder Care Home Care Helps Seniors Age in Place

If we aren’t dreaming of retiring on a tropical island, most of us just want to live out our lives where we are most happy, in our own homes. In fact, 90% of people over 65 want to live in their home for as long as possible, and 80% believe they will always continue to live in their own home. Until recently, this was not a feasible option for those individuals whose family must work or live far away, or in places where there are limited services to provide the necessary support. Fortunately, with today’s superior options in affordable elder care home care, aging in place can be a reality for many seniors.

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With today’s superior options in affordable elder home care, aging in place can be a reality for many seniors.

What is Aging in Place

Aging in place is the ability to spend as much of your life as possible where you are most comfortable– your own home. While the concept seems simple, it has not been a possibility for many Americans until very recently. Multiple factors made it difficult for seniors to remain in their homes, particularly once they need additional care and support. One of the biggest problems was a simple gap in service. Those who did not need full-time or on-going medical care but did need supportive care in medication management or daily living tasks were left with few options. For most, choices included moving to an assisted living facility or staying in the home without adequate help. Today, many industries have become more responsive to the needs of the senior community and together make at home care a possibility.

When is Eldercare Home Care the Optimum Choice?

Home health care options are for individuals wanting to stay in the home but need additional help in managing certain tasks, such as medication management, meal preparation, light housekeeping, bathing, grooming, and dressing.

Home health care solves common challenges such as:

  • Family that lives too far away to provide care
  • Family that must work to provide for the senior’s care and living expenses which takes them away from physical care
  • Family concerned about their loved one living alone
  • Seniors whose financial situation is such that staying in the home is most affordable
  • Seniors in good health but need support to maintain health and safety
  • Seniors that want to retain autonomy
  • Seniors that prefer care provided by others and who fear being a burden to family
  • Seniors that want to stay in the home and community where they have lived for some time

Society as a whole is becoming more aware of the needs of seniors and responding to those needs positively. If you have questions about eldercare home care, or how we can help your loved one age in place, please contact us today!