Staying at home is not without its challenges, however. As we age, even familiar surroundings can become difficult to navigate due to mobility and health issues. Friends and family can begin to drift apart, leading to isolation and loneliness. And some health concerns—especially neurological issues like Alzheimer’s and dementia—can leave loved ones with seemingly no alternative to taking the senior out of the house and placing them in a facility.
Fortunately, home care agencies can extend a senior’s ability to live independently, and can make aging in place a viable alternative through every stage of the aging process. Not only can home caregivers provide physical assistance for a variety of everyday activities, they can also boost a senior’s well being by providing transportation, housekeeping help, and essential companionship.
The home care field can seem bewildering at first glance, however, with many agencies operating franchises across the country, and many more local choices available almost anywhere you live. To help you get started finding the home care you need, we’ve surveyed most of the leading national home care agencies and come up with a list of those we recommend.