Eighty per cent of Mayo elderly want to remain at home

Research from Home Instead Senior Care in Mayo reveals 80 per cent of seniors report the importance of living in their own homes. Over three-quarters of decision makers (normally the adult daughter caring for ageing parents ) indicate it is ‘extremely’ or ‘very important’ for seniors to remain at home.

“The research reveals the majority of seniors and their families wish to grow old in the comfort of their own home. Ireland can learn from the lead taken by other countries, for example, Switzerland no longer invests in building costly nursing homes, instead encouraging in-home care through a government health agency. Iceland's health care policy now calls for 75 per cent of seniors aged 80 and older to be in good health and live at home with the appropriate level of support”, said Heather Gately of Home Instead Senior Care in Mayo.

Home care is a very personal and intimate type of care. A home caregiver will deliver one-on-one care and will provide care that matches the needs of the person. There is no waiting for help with activities of daily living which happens in an institutionalised care setting. A caregiver spends quality time with the person and is readily available.

Home care is often less expensive than other kinds of care and people usually feel better about the money spent on home care as the care is more personalised and the quality of care is far beyond what it could be in a nursing home. Tax relief of up to 41 per cent is available on home care fees and home care grants are readily available.

For more information on Home Instead Senior Care log on to www.homeinstead.ie or call 091 384160.


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