Does my family need home care?

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For some families, the need for home care is sudden.

It might be triggered by a bad fall, major surgery, a stroke, heart attack, or other serious medical episode. In these situations, your physician may recommend hiring a home care professional to support a safer, more comfortable recovery at home—and to reduce the risk of hospital readmission. In some cases, setting up home care is required before a patient can be discharged from a hospital or medical facility.

Even if home care is not a requirement, it can help make your recovery at home easier, safer, and more comfortable.

If you’re not able to drive or have limited strength and energy when you return home, a care professional can provide the support you need for a few days, a few weeks, or ongoing as needed.

For other families, the need for home care comes on gradually.

It starts as a little help around the house with everyday activities, the things that can get more challenging as we age—lifting heavy boxes or carrying laundry, driving to medical appointments, grocery shopping, cleaning, and remembering what medications to take when.

As age-related conditions or illnesses progress, home care often extends to meal preparation, personal care, and help in the bathroom. It may also include mobility care, memory care, or trained assistance transferring from bed to wheelchair.

When it’s no longer safe or 100 percent comfortable for an older loved one to be on their own all the time—and they still want to live independently at home, most families find that home care is the best option for maintaining a good quality of life for everyone.

Full-time caregivers need breaks and ongoing support.

Are you or another member of your family caring for an older loved one at home? Does your loved one have Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s or other serious illness or chronic condition? Do you have enough support in your care circle or care team? Can someone you trust step in to help when you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, or just need a few hours to yourself?

Family caregivers need support and care too. If you’re not getting the help you need through family, friends, or other personal networks, arranging for a care professional to help could be the ideal solution.

Do you need home care?

Take this quiz and find out.
  • 1.  Are you or an older loved one spending too much time alone?
  • 2.  Are you or a loved one worried about falls or physical safety at home?
  • 3.  Do you or a loved one need help with medication reminders?
  • 4.  Are you or a loved one not eating regular healthy meals because it is difficult to cook or visit the grocery store?
  • 5.  If you’re a caregiver, are you feeling overwhelmed or depressed?
  • 6.  Is your health/quality of life suffering because you’re a caregiver?
  • 7.  Are you or a loved one not able to drive safely anymore?
  • 8.  Are you managing care for a loved one with an illness or condition, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s/dementia, Parkinson’s, or COPD?
  • 9.  Is your loved one in Assisted Living and not getting enough attention?
  • 10.  Are you or a loved one about to have surgery or be released from a medical facility to recuperate at home?
If you answered "Yes" to one of these questions, you would benefit from home care—whether it’s a little help to stay independent or more comprehensive, specialized care.

If you answered "Yes" to more than one of these questions, we can help you.
You’re not in this alone—or the only one who cares. EldersAide can help.