As the effects of aging start to take a toll on older adults, the ability to live at home without assistance begins to wane. However, their desire to remain in the home they know and love typically does not wane. In fact, seniors often begin to cling even more fiercely to the independence and autonomy that living at home provides.
With the assistance of a home health care agency, older adults can continue to live at home safely and comfortably.
Comfort Home Care is proud to be able to help our clients maintain their independence. Throughout Maryland and the surrounding areas, including Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, we provide compassionate and experienced in-home care services that allow our clients to age in place with grace and dignity.
Here are a few ways home healthcare services can improve the lives of older adults.
No. 1: Maintaining Connection & Activity
When living at home alone, seniors can become isolated. When they lose the ability to drive, it often means they lose contact with friends and social interactions diminish. If their mobility decreases, this can lead to a lack of desire to get out for a walk in the neighborhood, further isolating them. This lack of movement typically leads to a deterioration in the physical condition, making them more prone to chronic illnesses.
With little mental, emotional or physical stimulation, seniors can experience depression and become further withdrawn. Home health aides provide social interaction and assist with physical activities, keeping seniors engaged and enjoying the activities they look forward to.
No. 2: Avoiding Unnecessary Health Risks
As we saw during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors living in nursing homes and other residential facilities face a significantly higher risk of contracting diseases. In fact, research published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported that nursing home residents were 14 times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those living elsewhere in their community.
By staying in the home, seniors are exposed to significantly fewer communicable diseases and related health risks. Illnesses they do contract tend to be less serious and shorter in duration than they might otherwise be in a residential care setting.
No. 3: Receiving Personal Attention & Care
Aging in place with the assistance of qualified caregivers provides significant benefits as compared to living in a nursing home or residential facility.
At Comfort Home Care, our certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and geriatric nursing assistants (GNAs) provide highly skilled one-on-one home care and assistance. Our services are tailored specifically to the needs of the client. Whether seniors need assistance with bathing, dressing, mobility, meals, or other activities, we ensure that our clients have the safe, comfortable home environment they deserve.
No. 4: Maintaining Independence
Most importantly, home health agencies help seniors maintain their independence. By providing assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs), older adults can feel safe and secure in their homes. This also provides peace of mind for family members, who know their loved ones are in compassionate, capable hands.
Since 1999, Comfort Home Care has provided dedicated in-home care services for seniors, memory care patients, and those who are sick or recovering from illness or surgery. Contact us now to schedule an in-home visit or to learn more about how home health agencies can improve the quality of life for your senior loved one.