Women are often hit harder than men are when it comes to caring for older relatives. For example, a study out of Ireland indicated that of older professionals, women are five times more likely to leave their job early to care for a loved one than men are. The data is likely similar in the U.S. and other countries.
Sometimes this happens because of health. On average, women tend to have longer lives than men do. In most parts of the world, women live about five years longer, implying that they will be healthier for longer. Sometimes it happens because of expectations for women to care for others. This is more of a cultural value, but it’s still one that has influence over decisions.
Health care has improved drastically over the years. Overall, this is a good thing. People are living for longer periods of time, and they are experiencing a higher quality of life for longer periods, too. Better technology also plays a role. Our hospitals, doctors, and other professionals have better tools at their disposal, giving you and me better treatments, medications, and more. Another part of this is that generally, people are more aware of health issues and how to handle them. Either way, there is still a growing need for senior care. Although things have improved, in a way it has created a new need. As people get older and live longer lives, the needs that they will experience during the last years of their lives will be different and of a greater magnitude for the U.S. as a whole.
That’s where skilled in-home care and other types of professional senior care can be helpful. Having a professional on your side that knows what they are doing and the unique circumstances that your loved one and your family face will ensure that you get the right care for your situation. Every family and every person is different and has different physical and emotional needs.
If you’re located in the Bay Area, we could be that resource for you. Give us a call and let us know what you’re looking for and we can help you get pointed in the right direction. Sometimes, in-home care is a perfect solution, and sometimes it’s not. One of the things that our caregivers are trained to do is to be able to better determine how effective in-home care is actually going to be for your family. So, even if you’re not sure if this is the right route for you, feel free to give us a call. We can help you set up a free consultation and meet with you at no obligation. There, we can help you go over your situation and get a better idea of what your needs are. Maybe you’ll see that in-home care is the best choice, maybe you will see that something else entirely is needed. Either way, we will help you to figure out what the best choice is for your unique family needs and get you pointed to the ideal care solution.