The senior population in Connecticut is estimated to be about 13.5% of the overall population in our state, according the U.S. Census Bureau. As the number of baby boomers retiring continues its climb that percentage will rise with it. One thing most older adults have in common is the desire to remain independent in the place they call home. To help honor that wish adult children are turning to a combination of companions, homemakers and technology. If you are new to caregiving or trying to help a senior loved one explore options for remaining safe at home, it might be a solution for your family too.
Here is an introduction to each type of service to help you get started:
Companions and Homemakers – These caring individuals work hard to help your loved one maintain their quality of life and to provide a safe environment. They can help with light housekeeping, meal preparation, grocery shopping and other household chores. You can also enlist their help to transport your loved one to and from physician appointments, take them on social outings and more.
Personal Care – Adult children who are exploring their options for senior care in Connecticut are sometimes surprised to learn that there is in-home help available for bathing, grooming, and dressing. Incontinence care and medication reminders are two of the most requested home care services. Most in-home care providers will work with you to obtain information from your loved one’s primary care physician to confirm their medical history and health conditions.
Smart House Technology – The final piece of the in-home care solution is remote monitoring technology. These solutions allow you to monitor your loved one’s activity – or lack thereof – throughout the day. It can alert you if an exterior door is opened at midnight or if they are still in bed at 10 am. It allows you peace of mind and allows them to stay safely at home.
If you would like to preview a program that seamlessly combines technology with the personal touch of caregivers, Care Plus is a great example. It sets the standard for integrating personal service with technology to meet the needs of Connecticut seniors.
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