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In-Home Care Options for Women: What to Consider when Planning for Future Care

In-Home Care Options for Women: What to Consider when Planning for Future Care

April 12, 2022

Women generally live longer than men and represent almost two-thirds of home health recipients. They are also more likely to require long-term care than men. After all the care and support mothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters and sisters provide to those around them, how can we ensure their own well-being as they age? Being aware of care options and some of the challenges women face as they get older is a good start.

Private Duty Home Care

Nearly half of women ages 75 or older in the U.S. live alone and nearly a third are widowed. As they age and require more support, it can become challenging to stay safe while living alone. Enlisting the support of a private duty caregiver can be an effective option for women who want to remain in their homes but need assistance with daily activities. A private duty caregiver can help with personal grooming, meal preparation, housekeeping, medication reminders, companionship and more. Because the caregiver works directly in the home, they can customize services to meet the unique needs of each client.

Palliative Care

Unfortunately, women have a higher likelihood of developing multiple chronic conditions in their lifetime. Palliative care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious or chronic illness. It is appropriate for a broad range of patients and can be an extra layer of support upon a primary treatment plan. Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, regardless of age, stage of illness or injury, or prognosis. It can also be provided while patients continue curative treatments.

Skilled Home Health

Most older women say they would prefer to age in place and maintain independence as they age. Women who want to remain at home but require a higher level of medical oversight may receive skilled home health care, which provides the convenience of living at home without compromising their care. Home health services are provided by health care professionals and are designed to support a person’s desire to remain in their home and avoid extended hospital or long-term care facility stays. Home health is covered by Medicare and most private insurances, making it an effective and convenient care choice.

Planning for health as you age

Women overwhelmingly represent the majority of caregivers in the U.S. but are themselves more likely to live alone without a plan for long-term care. This can present financial and emotional burdens not only for themselves but also their families. It’s important to plan for future care by preparing an advance directive and having conversations with doctors, family members and loved ones about future wishes.

If you or someone you love could use help navigating post-acute care options, contact Charter Healthcare today.