While some families find nursing homes or assisted living facilities the best match for their aging loved one, many families prefer to allow their senior relative to "age in place" at home. There are a host of home care agencies and Michigan government programs that enable seniors to remain in their homes and delay institutionalized care. If you're not sure how to tell it is no longer safe for your parent to live independently, be sure to check out 10 Signs Your Parents Need Outside Help.
Home Care refers to a breadth of services which can range from a senior companion to a home health aide. Typically, non-medical home care provides seniors with a caregiver to assist them with activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming, toileting, diet, and mobility. Additionally, caregivers will provide homemaking services such as cooking, laundry, and running errands. If you need a little more medical assistance for your senior, skilled medical home care, with skilled nursing care, is your best option. For more information about home care in Michigan or help finding a provider, check out the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging and read about Home Health Agencies at Michigan.gov.
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Stay at Home Longer
Michigan and has put forth multiple initiatives to help seniors stay at home. The following are community programs which provide seniors the extra services they need to safely live at home.
? Care Management Services: This program assesses the needs of seniors at risk of institutionalized care, identifies appropriate services, mobilizes the implementation of these services, and monitors the provision of these services.
? Adult Day Care: This program provides daytime supervision for impaired adults. Adult Day Care programs can also provide or arrange for supplemental services such as transportation, personal care, nutrition, recreation, and medical care. Program participants must require regular supervision, have difficulty performing activities of daily living (bathing, grooming etc.), but be capable of leaving their residence with some assistance.
? Chore Services: This program assists seniors on a non-continuous basis with household maintenance. This includes repairing door locks, replacing light bulbs, cleaning appliances to minimize risk of hazard, washing windows, pest control, raking leaves, and shoveling walkways.
? Friendly Reassurance: Volunteers call or visit homebound seniors regularly.
? Home Delivered Meals: This program provides at least one nutritious meal per day to homebound seniors.
? Homemaker: A homemaker helps a senior by performing household tasks including laundry, ironing, cooking, and other household chores. They do not provide personal care services, but homemakers will monitor a senior's general well-being.
? Respite Care: Volunteers relieve primary caregivers and provides supervision and assistance with ADLs for impaired seniors.
Visit the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging to learn more about these programs and how to access them in your community.
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