Aging Adult Care: Expectations vs. Reality

Your 1+1 Team
January 27, 2022

It is common for people to make assumptions about aging adult care. You may have heard that once you’re a senior you can no longer drive or live independently. However, these are common misconceptions. Likewise, with aging, there are also false expectations with senior care. Before picking a caregiver, many clients didn’t know much about senior care and the variety it offers. Don’t let your expectations misguide you! 1+1 Cares is here to present you with the reality of senior care so you have the right information to make the best decision for your loved one.

#1 Expectation: Adult children are expected to take care of their aging parents.

Reality: We all wish we could take care of our parents when they’re older. However, it’s not as easy as it seems and it’s a lot of responsibility to take on. While already balancing your work and family priorities, you aren’t expected to become a caregiver for your aging parent. It doesn’t make you the bad guy for seeking help for your loved one from an outside source. This decision can help you avoid burnout and strain on your relationship with your loved one. They will appreciate receiving care that works best for both of you.

#2 Expectation: Clients are expected to receive care from a full-time caregiver.

Reality: Your loved one may want to avoid having a caregiver because they think they will have to be around them 24/7. However, that is completely not the case! There are a variety of options for receiving care. If your loved one would prefer to only have a caregiver during the necessary hours, you can choose a part-time or a respite caregiver.

#3 Expectation: You are expected to pay out of pocket if you don’t have insurance coverage.

Reality: You may steer away from choosing home care for your loved one because your insurance does not cover it. If you can’t afford to pay out of pocket, there are financial resources that can help you cover caregiving costs. Depending on eligibility requirements, you can receive help from the Government through tax deductions and programs like Medicaid.

#4 Expectation: Your loved one is expected to be ill to receive caregiving.

Reality: Your elderly parent might not see home care as an option because they think they are not “sick enough.” You don’t need a medical condition to receive caregiving services. Some seniors simply hire a caregiver because they longer do things the way they used to and need assistance.

#5 Expectation: Once you receive a caregiver, you’re expected to stick with them.

Reality: Many fear home care with the idea they might choose the wrong caregiver. Luckily, you aren’t stuck with them! If the caregiver you hired isn’t the right choice, it’s okay! You can rehire caregivers until they meet the needs and requirements of your loved one.

Okay, glad we cleared that up. Your expectations for senior care may be nowhere near its reality. For more information, you can reach out to a 1+1 Cares agent with your questions and concerns on adult care.

1+1 Cares is a referral agency that works for clients and caregivers. We match caregivers with clients and inform them of your requirements. We work for you so you and your loved one can have a safe, enjoyable caregiving experience.

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