Benefits of Hiring In-Home Care for an Older Adult

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When a loved one is still living at home but struggling with the effects of getting older and losing their independence, hiring in-home care can be a great solution. Professional caregivers provide seniors with physical assistance, as well as help with the emotional and routine aspects of daily life.

In addition to the more tangible benefits that home care can provide with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing and dressing, seniors and their caregivers can enjoy invaluable personal benefits.

Caregivers as Personal Companions

If there is one thing that becomes clear as someone ages, it’s the extensive benefits of friendship. “Far too many elderly individuals in the United States live alone, and when they have trouble getting around, lose their driving privileges, or do not have family and friends nearby, it can make them feel even more isolated,” says Kevin Watkins, co-owner of Caring Hearts of Rochester in New York. That is why companionship becomes a quintessential part of any home care services.

A professional caregiver can provide precious social interaction. This could be something as simple as conversing over coffee, going to the movies, or cooking or gardening together. In the process of doing their job, caregivers stave off loneliness and depression in older adults.

Safe Transportation for Seniors

At some point, most aging adults are unable to drive safely. This blow to their independence also severely limits their ability to complete everyday tasks, such as buying groceries, going to church and visiting friends. A professional caregiver can provide safe transportation and accompany your loved one on errands, meetings, doctor’s appointments, social events, etc. Such assistance can expand a senior’s world outside of the home and help them remain active.

Read: In-Home Caregivers Can Support Seniors Outside the Home, Too

Caregivers Support Independent Living

By providing ongoing personal care, professional caregivers are able to help aging individuals continue living safely, comfortably and socially at home. A little extra support can be all that is needed to extend an older adult’s sense of independence. This goes a long way toward improving their outlook on life and boosting self-confidence. Most aging individuals are comforted by remaining in familiar surroundings where they have spent much of their lives. In-home care can help them stay there longer than they would be able to on their own, forgoing placement in a long-term care facility.

Caregivers Oversee Daily Life

A professional caregiver will keep an eye on your loved one and detect changes in their condition, such as loss of appetite, sudden weight loss, medication mismanagement, forgetting to turn the oven off, etc. This kind of accountability can make a significant difference in preventing accidents and avoidable health complications, particularly in situations where an older adult has a difficult time with communication and/or remembering things. These caregivers are specifically trained to read subtle cues that a senior’s mental or physical condition has changed and act quickly to remedy the situation.

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Peace of Mind for the Family

Whether you live 10 minutes away or on the other side of the country, it is hard not to worry about your loved one when you cannot be nearby. In-home care provides the one-on-one, personalized care that a sole caregiver is not able to offer full time, giving you priceless respite AND peace of mind. A professional caregiver is a valuable addition to your loved one’s care team.

Hiring In-Home Care

If you have concerns about a senior’s ability to live independently or your responsibilities as their sole caregiver, then it is a good idea to begin exploring home care companies in your area. Consider both the tangible and intangible benefits that could come from hiring a professional caregiver for your aging loved one, and take advantage of this increasingly popular method of care.


Michele Teter co-founded Alliance Homecare in 2006 and now serves as the Director of Patient Services. She and her team focus on maintaining the highest standard of excellence in healthcare through compassion, respect and education

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It is very important, first and foremost, to check with your health insurance Benefits Department. My daughter urged me to do this, and I did and discovered, much to my surprise, that yes, we have a benefit of a home health or home care worker to come in no more than six hours a day, and no more than thirty-five hours a week, with no co-pay. I just wonder how many out there realize that this should be their first attempt when it comes to getting somebody in there. It may be one of your health insurance benefits!
I think if I had a companion aid, it will help me. I can do the things that need to be done in the home and the companion can sit and chat or read to your patient while you are busy. For me, my Partner wants me near him at all times. That makes it extremely difficult to get things in the house done. Hire people who can now do the gardening for you, clean the outside of the house etc. I am going to hire a person to do the cleaning now. I could do it, but I am so tired and my partner would rather have him near him now that the time is coming to an end. It could be still months before he leaves me, but those months will be precious times together.
I have two in home companions for my mom and, simply put, would LOSE MY MIND without them. One of the biggest struggles we've had with Mom since she relocated to be near us 3.5 years ago is that she is constantly "lonely". She did not have a big support system back home, which is one of the reasons she moved here but she refuses to join any groups in our area and only wants to sit and visit "one on one" with someone (preferably ME) constantly, which involves the same conversation over and over, as she has dementia. Needless to say, it is not possible for me to be there 24/7, as I have my own family, part time job and a hubby who travels. Her caregivers are nothing short of earth angels and I thank God for them every day.