Caregivers Corner: The benefits of in-home care: a path to independence and well-being

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Wednesday, July 5, 2023

In-home care has become an essential resource for families seeking to assist their chronically ill loved ones in maintaining their independence and enjoying the comforts of home for as long as possible. This personalized form of care offers numerous benefits that help individuals to age in place while receiving the necessary support.

Consider an 80-year-old person not unlike many older adults in our community. They value the familiarity and cherished memories associated with their home. They may have raised a family there, or at least they are surrounded by memories of home-cooked meals, idle chit-chat, and the simple comfort of the mundane. As their mobility and health start to decline, they face challenges that may jeopardize their ability to continue living independently. In-home care becomes a vital solution, providing tailored assistance to address their unique needs.

By engaging the services of in-home professional caregivers, this individual gains valuable support with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medication management, and light housekeeping. The caregivers, who are trained professionals, provide physical assistance while also offering companionship and emotional reassurance, creating a sense of comfort and security.

What sets in-home care apart and makes it attractive to our aging population is its flexibility and personalized approach. Caregivers work closely with the individual and their family to develop a customized care plan that respects their preferences and fosters a sense of empowerment. This ensures that the person's dignity remains intact while they receive the necessary assistance, thus contributing to their overall well-being.

Beyond the practical advantages, in-home care plays a crucial role in enhancing an individual's overall quality of life. With the support of caregivers, they can continue engaging in activities they enjoy, pursue personal interests and maintain connections with their communities. This level of engagement enables continued social interaction and a sense of purpose, promoting a happier and more fulfilling life. With the support of dedicated caregivers, individuals can continue enjoying the comforts of home, surrounded by cherished memories, while receiving the assistance they need to navigate the challenges of aging.

Organizations such as the Duke Caregiver Support Program offer valuable resources, including referrals to trusted and licensed in-home care agencies. By tapping into these types of resources, families can ensure their loved ones receive professional, reliable, and compassionate care, enabling them to thrive and maintain their independence throughout their senior years.

The availability of in-home care services is a lifeline for family caregivers, offering them much-needed support, respite, and peace of mind. By alleviating the physical and emotional burdens, providing companionship, and assisting with logistics, in-home care services empower family caregivers to fulfill their caregiving responsibilities while maintaining their own well-being and to get back to being the daughter or son.

Caregivers, get connected with other caregivers for valuable support and resources. These resources are available at no charge: ABC11's Caregivers Corner Facebook group and this ABC11's Caregivers Corner website. Also, join us at the upcoming Duke Health in-person Duke Caregiver Community Event on September 7, 2023, at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham, North Carolina.