Caretaking can consume a surprising amount of time and energy. The average caretaker spends 20 hours per week seeing to the needs of their loved one while 13% are spending 40 hours or more. 23% of family caregivers experience health issues, and those providing dementia care have shown a weakened immune system for up to three years after providing care. Hiring help from elder care professionals helps stave off some of the negative impacts of caregiving while contributing to better quality of life for the elderly patient.
A Growing Challenge, A Growing Solution
Caregiving services focused on providing in-home assistance are becoming increasingly attractive solutions for many families. Nearly 5 million patients received elder care at home through a home health agency. That number grows year by year as our aging population continues to grow. Nursing homes remain a solid solution for our elderly with significant health concerns but are often more costly and provide less engaging senior living options than home care.
Common Senior Health Concerns
- Medication management
Elderly patients are more likely to receive incorrect dosages of medication they are prescribed.
- Wound care
Seniors often do not receive proper care after falls and for common ailments like early stage bed sores that can lead to more significant health issues later on.
- Preventative care
Older adults face unique health challenges. The potential impact of these can be lessened with proper preventative care, which they may not always receive. One study found that elderly patients are the most likely to receive substandard preventative care out of all age groups, particularly in those with chronic conditions.
A combination of in-home care and outside help can be particularly effective in maintaining health and quality of life for the elderly loved one. A family member has a vested interest in the well-being of their aged loved one, but they may lack the necessary training and skills to spot areas of concern. Here, outside help can fill the knowledge gap and ensure that the best care is provided.
Self-Care for Family Care Providers
Research shows that family caregivers face detrimental health impacts from caring for their elderly loved ones. Stress is a major factor of that. Finding time for self-care it can be a struggle without additional help. In-home elder care from Dynamic Nursing can help in multiple ways:
- Allowing you to rest, manage your other responsibilities, or take time for yourself.
- Assistance with bathing, dressing, and other daily hygiene tasks that might be more comfortably received from a health care professional.
- Aiding with the planning and preparation of healthy meals and helping with feeding when necessary.
- Assistance with small household chores and errands.
- Providing a trained eye to watch for early signs of common health issues in elderly patients, and prevention assistance.
- Managing daily tasks like medications, fitness, supervision, and transportation.
An extra set of skilled hands can not only help your loved one maintain their independence longer and improve health outcomes for less expense than other elder care options, they may also help prevent the burnout and related health concerns that family caregivers experience.