Doug and Mary had been married for 55 years. They had their ups and downs, as most couples do. They also had a great life together. By the time they were in their late 70s, their physical capabilities had dramatically diminished, the health risks surrounding them had increased, and they were struggling mightily just to get through each day.
Their family was encouraging them look at other options.
They had no intention of leaving their home. This was the house they had built together and they wanted to remain there, to ‘age in place,’ which meant they had no intention of moving or looking at other options. They had thought about home care before, but assumed it would be too expensive.
It wasn’t a case of one person requiring assistance while the other was still fully capable of doing everything on his or her own. They were both aging like they did most things throughout their entire life: together.
Doug had difficulty getting up and down the stairs. He wanted to keep up with the housework and general maintenance, but it was becoming overwhelming. Mary struggled to get out of bed in the morning. She had arthritis, which made it much more difficult when the inflammation was severe.
Together they somehow managed to support each other.
But that was beginning to change, too. They understood that. Unfortunately, they bought into the misconception that home care was simply going to be too expensive because they both required assistance at various times throughout the day.
They should have been encouraged to contact an agency.
If they had called a home care agency in the area, they would have realized a home care aide could provide physical support and assistance to each of them. They wouldn’t have required multiple caregivers, unless they were both requiring extensive support throughout the day.
If they had known this, their quality of life would have likely improved.
As it was, Doug and Mary continued to struggle each day. It reached a point where they basically gave up certain activities. They stopped going out for walks. They spent more time at home reading together, playing a few games together, and visiting with friends less often.
They could have still done all of that if they had realized how affordable home care was. If they had simply made a phone call, everything would have been different. It’s an important lesson for other seniors to realize: home care is the most affordable option for those who have difficulty with their mobility or safety concerns.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care for seniors in Plainsboro, NJ or the surrounding areas, please call Independence Home Care today at 609-208-1111 for more information.
With the owners of the company directly involved in the care for our clients, we provide a more compassionate hands-on-approach. We pride ourselves on hard work, honesty, and communication. Independence Home Care is truly unique in the services we provide when compared to other franchised and big business organizations.
Independence Home Care is one of New Jersey’s largest non-franchised, family owned home care agency.
We promote health and independence for all our clients while offering support and respite for their loved ones. We understand the need for independence and importance of meeting this basic need. Our caregiver’s can provide you with the quality of life you deserve.
We not only provide you with a carefully selected caregiver to match you or your loved one, we also continue to be involved and provide specific additional care without any extra costs, such as Registered Nurse Case Supervision, 24-hour On-Call, and Specialized Alzheimer and Dementia training and much, much more.
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