The Benefits of Home Care

At Senior Planning Services, we are blessed to be able to enhance the lives hundreds of seniors throughout Santa Barbara County every day by providing quality home care. Through our many years of experience, we’ve discovered that many people really aren’t aware what a home care professional can do to help an older adult live a more enjoyable and fulfilling life. So we thought it would be worthwhile to explore the many ways a home care professional can help you or a loved one.

Companionship and Life Enrichment

One of the greatest benefits of home care is often overlooked – the simple act of connecting with another human being. According to a study conducted by geriatricians and the University of California, San Francisco, 43 percent of seniors report feeling lonely at least some of the time. This not only leads to a diminished quality of life, it can be deadly – seniors who felt lonely were 45 percent more likely to die than those who kept connected to family and friends. According to a study conducted at Brigham Young University, the health effect of loneliness is comparable to obesity. A home care professional can provide a source of companionship – someone to talk to, play cards with, or take a trip to go shopping or to a movie. We’ve discovered that the relationship between caregiver and care receiver becomes one of the most important for both parties, enriching both of their lives.

Personal Care

As we age, many everyday activities, such as dressing and bathing, can become more challenging. A home caregiver can help seniors with these everyday tasks – from medication reminders to helping with getting dressed and grooming – to ensure their safety and security, while allowing them to retain the independence and dignity.

Fall Prevention

And, as we age, both the risk of falling and the negative impact on health increases. Falls account for more than 70 percent of emergency room visits for older adults. A home caregiver can help ensure the house is free from some common fall risks, such as excessive clutter on the floor that can blocked clear pathways. They can also work with clients to find other ways to reduce fall risk, such as assisting with a physician-approved exercise program, accompanying you on walks and simply being around to get items that are out of your reach.

Homemaking and Housekeeping

A home care professional can also help with daily errands, such as light housekeeping, laundry and ironing, driving and accompanying people to medical appointments, picking up groceries or prescriptions, preparing meals, and organizing the household.

Respite Care

An in-home caregiver can also provide support to a family caregiver, so they can take a needed vacation, go to work, or simply find some alone time. Respite service provides professional and compassionate care, so the caregiver can be confident in knowing their loved one is being taken care of.

Home care provides a variety of services designed to increase the well-being of seniors while providing peace of mind to family members. Learn more about the services we offer and how they can help you and your loved one.