At Homecare.org, our mission is to ensure that seniors and their loved ones have the help and resources they need to remain independent and safe in their own homes. We believe that every older adult should have the opportunity to choose their own path in their senior care journey. No matter what challenges they face, we are here to empower seniors and their loved ones by providing tools and the resources they need to make informed decisions.
Who We Are
HomeCare.org is a team of writers, editors, and researchers dedicated to providing the vital information that seniors need to stay happy and healthy in their own homes – if they so choose. Our team is passionate about leveraging the latest data, studies, and tools to make aging in place an achievable outcome for all. We aim to bridge the gap between industry jargon and hard-to-find resources, and consumers who need our help now more than ever before
Our Approach to Aging in Place
Self Directed Care Is Achievable
3 out of 4 retirees say that they want to stay in their current community for as long as possible according to a recent study by AARP. At HomeCare.org, we believe that Seniors should get to choose to stay home for as long as they can, while maintaining a high quality of life. Often times seniors and their loved ones feel that they have no choice but to move out of their community, but with the correct tools, knowledge, and resources, seniors may delay or even eliminate that necessity.
Wellness Comes First
For seniors who are aging in place, wellness is about more than just physical and medical safety – although that is a primary concern. Wellness encompasses mental health and social life as well. Especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors face serious challenges in overcoming isolation and loneliness, which have been linked to an increased risk of premature death from all causes, and a 50% increased risk of dementia. With the help of technology and the advances of modern medicine, we seek to be a support to seniors facing the challenges of remaining at home in this new world we find ourselves in.
The physical and medical safety of seniors as they age in place is also something to not be ignored. The right technology and safety measures are key to ensuring that homes are adapted to become safe environments, and that seniors have help when they need it, including access to medical and other professionals.
Caregiver Burnout Is Preventable
According to the CDC, 25% of all people over the age of 18 reported giving care to someone with a long-term illness or disability in the past 30 days. With such a large number of unpaid caregivers, the reality of caregiver burnout is even more concerning – over half of those providing care reported a decline in health that impacted their ability to provide care, and over a quarter reported finanical hardship as a result of caregiving.
While it’s natural for many families to come together to support their loved ones as they age, when the burden falls primarily falls on one individual, caregiver burnout is likely. When this happens, it’s unhealthy for both the person giving care, as well as the senior they are caring for.
Our goal is to provide caregivers with the tools and resources they need to ensure they they don’t have to sacrifice their own well being, social life, and finances to take care of a loved one. Home care agenices, respite care, adult day care services are all great tools for caregivers to utilize, and we are here to guide caregivers to the places where they can get help finding and affording these services.
Marc Levesque is a Resource Coordinator who provides in-home assessments, connections to services and assists with long-range planning. Marc is committed to helping seniors and their families throughout the aging process. Marc is a team member at Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging and a trusted resource for families, many of whom he has worked with for nearly a decade.
Deidre Sommerer, LPN, MS, CMC, CDP
Deidre has worked in the healthcare field for over 35 years and specializes in Geriatrics. Deidre is a nurse who holds a certification from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She has worked across all healthcare settings, with a concentration on the community and helping older and disabled adults age in place. She has worked on NIH grant-funded program evaluation projects and considers herself a life-long learner.
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