Keeping Seniors Home in A Pandemic
It’s no secret that living in a nursing home is not as safe as it used to be. I don’t know the statistics before the pandemic, but according to a recent AARP Bulletin:
“Fewer than 1% of Americans live in long-term care facilities. But 40% of COVID-19 deaths have occurred there.” That is a sobering statistic.*
It is also no secret that I started my home care agency back in the mid-1980’s as an alternative to institutions who were not providing adequate care to seniors. It was clear to me they were operating on a business model where the less services you provided, the more profit you made.
Although any of us can be exposed and infected by the COVID-19 virus, risk management and statistics say the safest place to be, at least until the pandemic is under control, is to stay home.
Christel’s Home Care offers seniors who are no longer able to maintain their independence the option of remaining in the security and comfort of their own home with the assistance of an experienced caregiver.
And with an abundance of hospice programs now available, most can remain at home until their last day.
Our caregivers specialize not only with hospice patients, but with dementia, cancer, and other debilitating illnesses. Also, having a live-in or full-time caregiver assures that the same caregiver is there, limiting exposure. Our continuity of care policy means you are not exposed to multiple caregivers, but bond with one who, in most cases, becomes like “one of the family”.
While no “bubble” is foolproof, the odds favor adding a home caregiver to help with activities of daily living as the safest option for seniors today.
* AARP December 2020 issue, volume 61, no. 10, page 6.
Chris Christel, Author
Chris Christel, a pioneer in geriatric care, founded Christel's Home Care Agency in 1985. Chris has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and a wealth of knowledge in the field of home care.
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