Whether you’re certain you’re able to stay home safely, or if you’re simply unsure about your future living needs, staying at home with some help is an excellent first choice, because it’s a decision that can be easily reversed, unlike, for example, selling your home and relocating.
Plus, you can really customize the arrangement, getting just the amount of help you need. And if you are recovering from surgery or illness, you’re likely to recover more quickly with one-on-one care in your own home.
Who is going to help you out?
Whether you have family or friends who you can depend on, or you choose to get help from a Home Care Services provider who will select the right, qualified and screened person for your needs, there are a few things to think about.
Use this checklist as a reminder of the tasks you may need assistance with.
Home Care Checklist
Rate your personal level of need for each section. A 10 means it’s highly necessary, a 1 means not a priority right now.
✓ Home safety – ramps, bars, equipment, and emergency response tools
✓ Daily living – food preparation, housekeeping, and taking care of pets and plants, laundry, and mail
✓ Personal care – bathing, dressing, incontinence care, getting around the house, exercise, safety supervision, medication reminders, reading
✓ Running errands – trips to the pharmacy, grocery store, doctor or bank
✓ Finances – taking care of bills and taxes
✓ Home maintenance – yard work, exterior maintenance (roof, paint, security lights), interior maintenance (leaky faucets, pest issues, broken door knobs, air conditioning, appliances)
Remember, the type and amount of care you need may increase overtime. If you’re concerned about becoming a burden on your loved ones, visit our website at www.AgeAdvantage.com. We may be able to provide the additional assistance you need to live comfortably – giving you time to enjoy your family.