Home care services are not limited to seniors – individuals of any age who live with chronic care needs or disabilities can benefit as well! In addition to helping with typical activities of daily living, such as meal preparation, assistance with medication and transportation, caregivers can also provide warm social interaction, emotional support and peace of mind for the family.
Some of the common conditions Home Care Assistance can help with include Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, neurological disorders, behavioral problems, visual or hearing impairment, sudden or acute injury or illness, physical impairments and more.
Parents or informal caretakers of adults with special needs can depend on professional caregivers to help them ensure their loved one’s needs are met. Here are a few situations in which people who have special needs can gain from experienced, dependable care from a home care agency like Home Care Assistance:
- At home with the family. 76 percent of people who live with developmental disabilities live at home with their family, who often act as their main care providers. Professional caregivers can provide respite relief to family caretakers and support to the entire family.
- Social programs.If a special needs adult is no longer going to school, he or she may benefit from the structure presented at day programs that match their ability level. Home care providers are able to provide encouragement that complements the day program curriculum and can provide companionship during social outings.
- In special living communities. Many special needs adults reside in homes in the community. Even though these adults can live independently, they may enjoy a higher quality of life with a professional caregiver by their side providing one-on-one support and companionship. Caregivers in this situation can offer help with meal preparation, transportation to and from errands, assistance with personal hygiene and other activities of daily living, including finding appropriate clothing for specific functions and events.
- As needs change over time. Frequently, the parents who care for their adult children will do so into their 70’s or 80’s. One concern that many parents of adult children with special needs may face will be their own health and mortality. Long-term care is a great option for adult children with special needs and should be highly considered before the parents face the onset of their own sudden or chronic illness.
Caring for adult children with special needs may become more difficult and more complicated over time. Thorough planning for the future and evaluating home care options prior to a crisis can alleviate some of the stress that comes with finding the right care for your family.
Home Care Assistance offers high quality, personalized care for individuals of all ages with a diversity of needs and preferences while improving independence and quality of life. Contact your local Client Care Manager at 1-866-454-8346 to learn more about how Home Care Assistance can provide assistance to your loved one with special needs today.