Old age is a blessing, and many people pray to live as long as possible. It is also everyone’s prayer to have their loved ones live to a ripe old age. But with old age comes dependence, health concerns, and the need for proper care.
But what happens when families become pressed with expensive senior care costs amidst the rising healthcare costs? Many people have to care for their aging family members themselves, but this is no easy chore.
These people will likely face issues balancing work and elderly care. Sometimes, they might need to quit work, but that translates to a lost stream of income. Taking care of elderly ones also causes physical, emotional, and financial strain.
It even gets worse if the person taking care of the elderly family member also has young kids to raise or needs to go out to make money.
With more families struggling with senior care, companies can play an important role to make things easier. Companies can offer their employees senior care benefits to help ease the pressure they face.
Here’s a list of some ways that employees can benefit from companies’ consultative senior care benefits for easier senior care:
- Leveraging care provider referrals
When you realize that an elderly family member needs help, access to social workers and care providers can help employees navigate their caregiving options, gain insight on the kinds of caregivers suited to their senior’s needs, and understand confusing information such as payer sources.
Having a trusted elderly care expert is an area of support and guidance that employees need to take the stress off their shoulders so that they can focus on their jobs productively.
- Convincing older family members to get help
Some elderly people tend to resist caregiving even when it becomes obvious that they need help. Many elderly people see the dependence on a caregiver as a loss of their independence and they are often scared about it.
Most of them won’t want to talk about their health, the help they need, and the best way to navigate their lives in old age. Attempts by family members to convince them to get help might prove abortive.
However, a senior care planner or a trained social worker helps families to have these conversations easier and more productively, thereby convincing the elderly to get the care they need.
- Including family members in senior caregiving
Caring for an elder family member needs as many hands as possible, and it gets easier if everyone in the family pitches in. However, most times, the job is left for one or two people.
Senior care planners can help employees have family conversations that will lead to having all family members involved in elderly care. It will be beneficial to the employees, the elderly ones, and build family bonds.
- Helping a family member relocate
Sometimes, families need to decide to move an elderly parent or family member to a nursing home or another family member’s home that is far away. It is crucial for an experienced social worker to assist in the process. They contribute to easing several challenges, including logistics, movement coordination, and also ensuring that the new living conditions are stellar.
- Offering education on age-related diseases and the necessary care
Old age comes with several mental and physical issues and illnesses. Families need to know how to navigate the situation when their family member or loved one gets diagnosed with an ailment. They need to first understand the disease and then find out how to care for the senior.
Alzheimer’s is one of the most common age-related diseases, and the cases are projected to reach 14 million. So, families taking care of people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias need to understand the associated expenses, the care guidelines, and other information that will ease stress and make their loved one’s life easier.
- Improving home safety
According to research, more elderly people would rather stay home in their old age than in a nursing home or an assisted living facility. However, safety measures are necessary to keep a senior safe in the home. For instance, widening doorways, fixing ramps, and making the living area free of potentially harmful equipment are some of the measures needed to improve home safety.
- Understanding caregiver options and payments
Senior care needs are quite expensive, with the average cost ranging between $15 per hour and going as high as $500 daily, depending on the nature of senior care needed and care location.
Nursing homes can also cost between $89,000 and $100,000 annually, depending on the nature of the home.
Senior care planners help employees access a breakdown of senior care costs and help them navigate all they need to know, including payer sources like Medicaid, Medicare, and Veterans Benefits that can support their budget.
- Handling the stress of the process better
Senior care planners provide families with the right support, education, and resources, needed as they care for their loved ones to make it less stressful. A caregiving support team, self-care tips, support groups, and workplace conversations can go a long way to help employees through the entire process.
AyiConnect is a platform to connect families with helpers who have a language specialty in addition to care. You can engage with them directly through self service or concierge service. The concierge 1:1 service can provide another option to ensure success matches for busy families who don't have time to search or need language assist. Schedule a free consultation here for our concierge service, or check us out on ayiconnection.com