Teresa Nelson

Teresa Nelson

POCATELLO — According to the National Institute for Aging, with America’s ongoing demographic shift toward an increasingly older population — along with the fact that 89 percent of Americans over age 50 wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible — conversations about the benefits and costs associated with aging in place will become increasingly critical. Reasons cited for wanting to age independently include:

• They feel independent living in their current home (68%)

• Their current home is conveniently located (66%)

• They feel safe in their home (66%)

• They’re familiar with the neighborhood (54%)

• They live close to family (38%)

The problem many families face with an aging loved one is how to balance time between their senior family members and their family at home. The opportunity for seniors to “age in place” — which is the phrase used for seniors who want to remain living in their own home — doesn’t have to be a concern.

With an in-home care agency like Home Helpers® Home Care, services offered allow a win-win situation by giving the family peace of mind knowing their loved one is taken care of and allowing the senior to keep their dignity and independence while living safely at home.

Home Helpers is part of the community because this is where we want to live and work. Our reputation is nearly as important as the clients we assist, who we’re committed to treating as we would want our own loved ones to be treated.

Home Helpers understands the issues facing those who are looking to stay in their homes. Care plans are individualized to meet your specific needs and can begin with weekly telephone checks, hourly companion care or transportation services.

Home Helpers also offers a wide range of monitoring products through our Direct Link® services where help is just the touch of a button away. Direct Link also has a line of products designed to help monitor health and remind seniors when it’s time to take medication.

Did you know that aging in place is also more economical for families? Based on a recent study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the median monthly payment for long-term care in the home was $928, compared to $5,243 a month to stay in a nursing home.

Teresa Nelson, MBA, CSA, CDP is the owner of Home Helpers Home Health and Senior Care, serving Eastern Idaho and Northern Utah.