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19 Feb 2018

Caring for Seniors? Here’s Why In-Home Care Is Your Best Option


Topics: Home Care

Is caring for seniors in your family proving to be a bigger challenge than you originally anticipated? It’s ok to admit that you need help. There’s no shame in that.

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There are many options to consider when choosing what type of care is best for your loved ones. But what’s the best option? Often, it’s in-home care.

Provides You with Free Time

While caring for seniors in your family may take up most of your free time, you still need to leave yourself time to relax. Working too hard could cause you to experience caregiver burnout, which doesn’t benefit you or your loved one.

By stepping away from your caregiver duties and letting an in-home professional caregiver take over, you can benefit from time to yourself. Read a book or go on a day trip—the possibilities of what you can do are endless. The best part? You don’t have to worry about your loved ones, as they’ll be in the care of a highly trained professional. Now, go enjoy some you time.

Professional Quality Care

Professional in-home caregivers get into this job because they’re passionate about caring for seniors. There’s nothing more fulfilling than being able to contribute to the quality of someone’s life in a positive way.

When you use the services of an in-home caregiver, you can trust that your loved ones are being well taken care of. With years of experience and professional training, in-home caregivers possess all the traits that enable them to excel in the role.

There’s No Place Like Home

As your loved ones age, losing their independence can be especially challenging. While a retirement or nursing home should be a consideration when speaking to your loved ones about care, in-home care truly provides the best of both worlds. You get the same high-quality care without stripping your loved one of their last form of independence.

Seniors in nursing homes are more likely to experience depression in comparison to those who live at home. Fifty percent of seniors in nursing homes take antidepressants. Nursing homes can be lonely and isolated.

By prolonging the time your elderly loved ones can stay in their homes, you are contributing to their overall health and happiness.


Some seniors who live on their own go days without human contact. If you’re caring for seniors in your family who are still fairly independent, you likely don’t have to go over every single day. If you take two or three days before you return to their houses, they may have had no other human contact during that time.

A common misconception about in-home care is that it must be full time or nothing at all. If you require the services of an in-home caregiver for one hour a day to check in on your senior loved one, this is a common request and completely manageable. This way, you’re able to guarantee socialization for your loved one every day, even if you’re not available.

It’s Not as Expensive as You Might Think

You may have heard that elder care in Canada is alarmingly expensive. There are ways to make it work within your budget. In-home care is the most affordable of all the care options, making it a choice that keeps your family and your wallet happy.

You can also customize in-home care so that it’s an affordable option for your family. Money should never be the deciding factor in what level of care your senior loved one will receive. In-home care allows you to prioritize quality and affordability at the same time.


Tennille Kerrigan

Tenille is the president of Senior Helpers Canada, the premier franchise that delivers on what families and their loved ones need most. She has bachelor’s degree in business administration from York University, and has over 10 years of experience as a business owner and director. With Senior Helpers, our franchisees provide the professionalism and expert care that families and their aging loved ones require.

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