Seniors Caring for Seniors (And Why It’s a Win-Win)

affordable home care in Minnesota taking care of elderly parents senior home assistance senior companion care for older people in home care Minneapolis in home help for seniorsIt could be a surprising scene. An adult child visits his mom to see that the caregiver Mom has been raving about is just five or ten years younger than his mother. Although this can be a surprise for adult children taking care of elderly parents, it’s not a surprise for their parents. In fact, it’s frequently a preference!

As the demand for home care services for seniors increases across the country, more and more families are finding a supportive lifeline in older caregivers, who are sometimes nearly the same age as their clients.

The Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, a nonprofit advocate for America’s workers caring for the elderly and disabled, projects that by 2018, 29 percent of direct senior care providers will be age 55 and older. Many seniors are drawn to work in elder care to supplement their retirement income despite the physical demands. In their post-retirement years, they enjoy work that is meaningful, enjoyable, flexible in scheduling, and draws on their vast life experiences.

Many clients, not surprisingly, are happy to have an at-home caregiver who is over age 55. They know that hiring older adults as professional caregivers has numerous advantages, including:

  • elder care in Minnesota eldercare at home care companies in home help for senior citizen care for older people companion home care services for seniorsPersonal knowledge of the aging process. Because of their own adjustments to aging, senior caregivers can relate to the health changes and emotions their elderly clients are experiencing. Older caregivers understand common aches and pains of aging, which makes them better equipped to care for the older men and women they serve.
  • Years of work and life experience. Many older at-home caregivers have weathered decades of financial, family, career, and health challenges, which equips them with invaluable flexibility and resolve. Life-tested seniors may be more adaptable and composed than their younger counterparts in handling on-the-job difficulties and unexpected client care issues.
  • Dependability and commitment. Older adults model trustworthiness in consistently showing up for work on time and completing assigned tasks. Reliability is a trait of senior caregivers that increases their “I’m-here-for-you” relationship with elderly clients and their families.
  • Common-age relational skills. Older loved ones often enjoy reminiscing about their lives and milestone world events. Seasoned in conversing and listening, senior at-home care providers build a natural rapport and genuine friendships with their elderly clients.

Of course, great caregivers can be older or younger, male or female, and come from a variety of backgrounds. The best home care companies search to find caregivers with the right match of skills, abilities, and personalities. In the years to come, it may be that more and more of those perfect matches are with caregivers closer in age to their clients than in years past.

Meet a few of our over-55 caregivers who make a difference in the lives of their clients every single day!

 Paul Blom, CEO


March 29, 2016


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