- I can’t afford home care.
This is the most common reason people make to avoid help at home. In reality, of all forms of assistance, home care can be the most affordable form of care.
- I can handle everything on my own.
For someone to admit they may need help with daily activities may feel as though it is a sign of weakness. However, assistance with certain activities, such as laundry, meal preparation, grocery shopping and doctor visits, as well as getting in and out of the shower can help to keep someone safe at home.
- My family and friends can assist me when I need help.
Relying on family members or friends may seem like a reasonable option. However, providing help can place added stress on the lives of those providing help. Family members and friends are unlikely to say anything due to concern over the elderly individual’s safety and well-being.
- I don’t need help.
Remaining independent is important to most people. However, everyone needs help at some point in their lives. The longer you ignore the need for assistance, the more you risk injury due to a fall, having a medical emergency, or other issue.
The main benefit of having help at home is safety. However, the next most important benefit a professional caregiver provides is the opportunity for a loved one to continue to enjoy doing the things they love to do.