When And Why Should You Get Senior Care?
Senior care in North Jersey is not one single type of service. Senior care is available in a variety of service packages and you can access senior care in different places. Should you (or an elderly loved one) get senior care?
What Is Senior Care?
Seniors need care at higher rates than younger people. Most able-bodied young people are able to get out of bed on their own, prepare and eat their own meals, and dust and vacuum their house. For many seniors, these tasks are challenging, perhaps even impossible to do alone. Seniors also tend to have poorer memories and can forget to take medication, forget to clean their homes regularly, and if they suffer from a neurodegenerative disease, they can even forget to eat meals. In order to live healthy, safe, and enjoyable lives, many seniors require care. That is why this type of care is called “senior care”, though it is important to remember that there are many younger people in North Jersey who have disabilities which mean they can also benefit from these services.
Who Provides Senior Care?
Senior care is provided by healthcare agencies. Some of these healthcare companies specialize in providing in-home care and others deliver care in a care facility. We’ll touch more on these options in the next paragraph. For now, it’s important to emphasize that the people administering senior care are caregivers, not doctors or registered nurses. While the top in-home senior care agencies can arrange for nurses to provide some services to clients in their homes, the vast majority of care is provided by caregivers. While not medical professionals, caregivers must be bonded, insured, and their employers should have a comprehensive pre-employment screening for them to pass.
Where Can You Access Senior Care?
There are many great senior care communities in North Jersey. Some are nursing homes (for seniors who have high-level needs), some are assisted living communities (for seniors who want a care-life balance), and some are specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia homes. Many seniors are happy and healthy in these communities, but they aren’t for everybody. Many seniors would prefer to stay in their own North Jersey homes.
In-home care allows seniors to do this. Furthermore, it is generally more affordable than moving into a senior care community. Executive Care of Hackensack offers a range of in-home senior care services, including companionship, homemaking, and personal care. We also offer skilled nursing care and live-in care where a caregiver moves into their client’s home.