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Elder Care At Home – What Are Your Options?

Posted by Stephen B.

Many surveys have shown that people prefer to stay in their own homes as long as possible as they age. We should not be surprised. Most of us would rather stay where we are comfortable than move to someplace unknown with new schedules and someone else's rules.

In-home care has come a long way in recent years. Seniors living at home are able to hold on to the feeling of independence while having the help they need with every day life. Being in familiar surroundings can be therapeutic in so many ways. Often the caregivers are family members at first, but before long, a new level of help may be needed. If your loved one needs or soon will need extra help, what are your options?

The decision on the level and frequency of care will often be based on health conditions as well as the realities of daily life. In-home care can be provided on a daily basis, or the caregiver may live-in to provide round-the-clock availability. How well a person is able to handle the "activities of daily living" will be a basic question. Does your loved one need regular help with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, or transferring? The amount and frequency of assistance needed, plus the need for monitoring medications, will indicate what level of in-home care is best for your loved one.

When you select an elder care service provider, make sure that designate a Care Coordinator who will work with you and create a plan that meets your loved one's needs.

To learn more about elder care services, please visit, or call (301) 497-8968 for a complimentary in-home assessment. Dubols is committed to excellence in elder care, for we know that your loved one's health blossoms with tender care.

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Yewande D. Awoyemi is the administrator for Dubols Home Care. Dubols is a medical and non-Medical staffing agency that provides caregivers for in home elder care services.
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Yewande Awoyemi is right that in-home care has come a long way in the past few years. Many seniors want to stay in their homes and properly screened and trained caregivers can allow them to continue in their current surroundings.

 But I made the mistake with my Dad of thinking that, once initial care was set up, he was set for the rest of his life. (He was 81. With his complex medical issues, neither of us expected him to live too many more years.)

But I was wrong. Too often, it doesn't work that way.

The initial program we set up worked for about a year. Then his needs for care increased.

Stubborn by nature and more limited in reasoning because of increasing dementia, he vehemently argued about the increase in his care! He refused to recognize that his ability to care for himself had changed. Making it worse, he was incredibly anxious about paying more for his care.

The moral of this story: Expect your loved one's condition to change. Make plans for 6-12 month time frames and keep reevaluating regularly. And, surround yourself with advisors, family and friends who can work with you when unexpected changes happen

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