For reasons sentimental, practical or both, many people prefer to live in their own homes for as long as possible before downsizing or moving to a senior living community. If you’re happy at home, home services can help you stay there longer.
“While many seniors can’t wait to trade home maintenance and yardwork for the carefree lifestyle offered in a vibrant senior living community, others are choosing in-home support services that can grant them several more safe, happy years in the homes they love,” says Kelly Carroll, Director of Community Relations at YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens, a senior living community offering Independent Living with Supportive Services, Assisted Living and Memory Care in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
According to AARP, older Americans determined to stay in their own homes are likely to need help with household chores, nursing services and personal care at some point. In this post, we’ll discuss ancillary non-medical and at-home healthcare services that can help you maintain your independent lifestyle and age gracefully at home for as long as possible.
Tip: Check your insurance benefits. Some services may be covered by your healthcare or long-term care policies, Medigap or other programs.
NON-MEDICAL HOME SERVICES
Housekeeping & Household Maintenance
Big homes are big responsibilities. Maybe you’re not getting around as well as you used to. Maybe you can no longer rely on a spouse or family members for help. Or maybe you simply don’t want to be bothered with time-consuming, energy-sapping chores and maintenance issues when you could be spending your retirement traveling or pursuing hobbies and interests that bring you joy.
Consider hiring a regular housekeeper, or an as-needed deep-cleaning service, and find a handyman you trust to help out with minor repairs, home safety modifications such as the installation of ramps, motion-activated lighting or shower grab-bars, and general upkeep of your home and yard.
Companionship, Errands & More
Scheduled visiting companion services can provide peace of mind for seniors who live alone. Professional companions are regular visitors who can perform light housework, care for pets, cook, run errands, provide transportation, assist with medication management, and take notes during information-heavy appointments. They can also play games, read, converse or engage you in other activities that stimulate cognitive functions older adults need to maintain independence.
Access to reliable transportation is a vital to maintaining one’s independence and social network. If you’re feeling less confident behind the wheel as you age, AAA’s self-rating tool and Roadwise DriverTM course for seniors may help improve your skills. Now is also good time to get to know your area’s public transit system, rideshare apps like GoGoGrandparent, and other senior transportation services.
If you have a chronic illness or limited mobility, an in-home personal or custodial care provider can help with the activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing, or meal preparation. Personal care providers can be contracted for a few hours a day or around-the-clock care. They may also perform limited healthcare assistance such as blood pressure readings or medication reminders.
Is keeping up with your bills becoming more and more of a challenge? Are you worried about overspending or becoming the victim of a slick scam artist who preys on seniors? Hiring a trustworthy daily money manager can ensure your bills are paid on time, your assets are safe, and your financial future is secure.
HOME HEALTHCARE SERVICES
If you require – or desire – temporary care and support following an illness, injury, or surgery, visiting healthcare providers and rehabilitation specialists are available to provide the care you need to get you back on your feet and back to your life.
Home healthcare services are usually less costly, more convenient, and just as effective as those provided in hospital and skilled nursing facilities. Service examples include surgical wound care; intravenous or nutrition therapy; injections; physical, occupational or speech therapies; vital signs screenings; education for self-care; care coordination with you, your doctor and other care providers.
TIPS FOR HIRING REPUTABLE IN-HOME SERVICE PROVIDERS
- When you need a dependable jack of all trades or a master of one, you can’t beat personal recommendations when it comes to entrusting your home or personal care to others.
- Check out websites that include customer reviews, like Houzz and Care.com
- Ask your doctor to refer an in-home personal- or healthcare provider
- Ask your local hardware store about good handymen, plumbers or electricians in your area
- Download the Nextdoor app to connect with businesses or individuals with whom your own friends and neighbors have had positive experiences.
- For healthcare and companion services, decide if you want to work with an agency or the individual directly.
- Full-service agencies can be more expensive, but they provide prescreened applicants who have passed background checks. And, because the agency employs the caregiver, they also handle all billing, tax and insurance issues. If a caregiver resigns or is not working out, an agency can usually find a replacement quickly, and may also provide coverage if a caregiver calls in sick.
- Independent providers usually come at a lower cost but require more legwork from you or your family. Aside from finding a qualified individual, you may have to handle any tax requirements and perform background checks and identity verification. For more information, talk to your financial advisor. In the case of illness or sudden termination, you’ll also be responsible for finding a replacement provider.
- Conduct interviews with each candidate. Screen applicants over the phone and again in person.
- Be specific about the job description. Be sure the applicate is willing and able to perform all duties to your expectations and is able to meet your scheduling requirements.
- Discuss compensation and payment schedules. Do not pay for services in advance.
- Request several professional and personal references – especially when hiring personal- and healthcare providers and others who will have access to your home. Verify the information provided and ask all references about the applicant’s reliability, trustworthiness, punctuality, professionalism and personal disposition.
YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens is here to help you every step of the way on your journey to the perfect retirement. Give us a call at 561-214-8549 to learn more!
Inspired • Engaged • Fulfilled
Offering Independent Living with Supportive Services, Assisted Living and Memory Care, YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens was designed specifically with residents in mind. We know your life is shaped by family, friends, hobbies, passions and more, so we’ve created a community where you can enjoy comfort, independence and engagement, all while having the peace of mind of 24-hour support and the freedom to define your own lifestyle. Here, we shape each thing we do around you, from your routines and interests to your choices and preferences, to create an inspiring lifestyle that fits your life perfectly.
Because we are completely shaped around you, our residents get more of out their lives. With exceptional care delivered by a dedicated and compassionate team and a fulfilling lifestyle full of choice and convenience, residents have the support they need to live as independently and engaged as possible.
Each day holds something new for residents. Whether they are enjoying our exclusive activities, learning something new or simply engaging in our YourStory programming, we create an individual experience centered around each resident. Do you enjoy making new discoveries and trying new hobbies, simply want to continue the hobbies you love or enjoy some time to yourself to relax? At YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens, the choice is up to you.
Call us at 561-214-8549 for more information or to schedule a personal visit today.