In-Home Health Care Options
Per U.S. Census Bureau estimates, by 2030 over 20 percent of U.S. residents are expected to be older than age 65. This number was 13 percent in 2010 and 9.8 percent in 1970. According to research from the Senior Health and Housing Task Force fielded by the Bipartisan Policy Center, about 70 percent of individuals over 65 will need long terms services and support to accomplish activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing or feeding themselves at some point.
Most people would prefer to stay in their own homes as they age, and if the person doesn’t need continuous skilled medical care, aging in place is often possible. Options for in-home care that can make aging in place possible while reducing worry and stress on concerned family members include Emergency Response Systems, In-Home Care, Bath Nurses, and dedicated caretakers for Alzheimer’s patients.
Here’s a look at a few of the options you can consider to support home health care for aging in place.
Emergency Response System
Most emergency response systems consist of a wearable device or button that includes the ability to call for help at the push of a button. Most emergency response system devices can be programmed to call police, EMS, a relative or a combination of these. Some include the ability to converse with an operator experienced in emergency care, and they usually summon help if there’s no response. Emergency response systems preserve the privacy of the aging individual while providing peace of mind to family.
Most emergency response system devices can be programmed to call police, EMS, a relative or a combination of these.
Choosing An Emergency Alert System
When selecting an emergency response system, look for the following characteristics:
- Supported cellular operating networks
- Works wherever there is cell coverage
- Built in GPS location capability
- Built in fall detection
- Battery life
These devices are easy to operate and install. Prices for the monitoring service can range from a low of around $85 a year for bare-bones monitoring to a high of $860 or more for more comprehensive monitoring.
Give Your Loved Ones The Best Care
Caring for parents as they age is never easy. The help from home care services allows you to maintain your relationship while providing the best care possible.