Home Care Myth Busters

by Lois Etienne on October 12, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

No matter what our health or financial situation, most of us want to be able to remain in our own homes. Home care is one of the answers to make that happen. But a lot of people have misconceptions about what home care is really all about. So, I’m going to address several home care myths over the next two weeks. If you have any questions as we go through this, please put them in the comments and I’ll tackle them.

Myth No. 4 Home care will take away my independence.

Washington-Senior-Woman-GardeningIt can be difficult to convince people that having help in the home for things like shopping, cooking, laundry and even personal care really does help maintain independence, not take it away. And it’s always been interesting to me that the health community is quick to say that seniors should move out of their homes into an assisted living or nursing home. In particular, the nursing home choice really limits your independence.

However, the elderly who stay home alone as they age run the risk of falls and other problems. Among those age 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury death, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). They also are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma, the CDC reports. A professional caregiver can serve as a second set of eyes and ears to help keep seniors safer at home. A caregiver also can transport seniors to special events or even just to the grocery store, which can help decrease isolation. Home Instead CAREGivers also often enjoy activities with their clients such as gardening and concerts.

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