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5 benefits of home care

Most Australians want to stay independent and live in their own home for as long as possible as they get older. In home care can help you stay in your own home for longer. Here are 5 benefits.

n home care can help you stay in your own home for longer (Source: Shutterstock)
n home care can help you stay in your own home for longer (Source: Shutterstock)

1. Familiar surroundings
A change of environment can be stressful and take time to adjust. Home care can help you to stay in comfortable and familiar surroundings, in the house you love surrounded by the things you love.

2. Independence
Home care helps you to stay independent by assisting in those areas you need a little bit of help. A care worker may only come to your home to help you get dressed or to take you shopping. Daily living aids like grab rails in your bathroom or mobility equipment like a walking stick or frame can also make it easier for you to get around and maintain your independence.

3. Individualised care
Home care services can be tailored to your individual needs. You may only need some help with regular household chores to keep your living spaces clean. Or maybe you are feeling isolated and need help with social activities. The services you receive will be packaged to meet your individual circumstances and if your needs increase over time additional support can be added.

4. Personalised care
Receiving care in your own home means that a care worker can be focused only on you and not multiple residents at once. Some service providers allow you to request the same worker to come and help you at home which builds a more personal connection between you and your care worker.

5. Benefits for the family
Family members are quite often the primary caregivers of older relatives. Caring for a spouse, parent or family member can be stressful and overwhelming. Home support services can help ‘lighten the load’ or ensures your family knows you are in good hands and taken care of.

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