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home care serviceWhat is Home Care Service

 A home care service is more for some older and disabled individuals who may not need nursing   care, but do need assistance with day-to-day health and personal needs . A home care service can provide these services. It can benefit both the person receiving the home care and their family members or care givers. For example, a home care service can:
Preserve the care recipient’s sense of independence and security;
• Allow the care recipient to remain at home;
• Relieve stress for the care recipient and family members or caregivers who might otherwise be the only source of support and care giving;
• Prevent unnecessary hospital or nursing home bills that might be a financial burden.
A home care service is available on a short-term or long-term basis. Many individuals receive home care service care for a short period while recovering from an acute illness such as a heart attack or stroke, or after an accident, such as a disabling fall. Others may need a home care service for longer periods because of chronic illness or a long-term disability. These individuals usually need help with daily activities, often referred to as Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). The goal of all home care service programs is to help the care recipient live at home for as long as it is safe and practical for them to do so.

Home Care Service for Elders Without Children

Batya Lewton, 82, right, with Kitty Williston, one of two friends she chose to oversee her future. Both live in her Upper West Side apartment building.

HAVING children was never on Francine Tint’s to-do list. A painter of large abstract canvases, Ms. Tint never felt a biological imperative to reproduce or pass on her name to future generations.

“My paintings are my children,” said Ms. Tint, who is “over 65,” and whose work has been featured in galleries and museums across the country. But though she was always clear on her decision, in the back of her brain one thing slightly nagged at her: Without offspring, on whom could she rely in her old age for home care?

“People don’t have children to take care of them later on in life,” said Ms. Tint, who is divorced and lives in Greenwich Village. “It’s not a reason to have children. They may come for a second on your deathbed, and that’s it. But of course, I worry.”

Ms. Tint’s situation is one that more and more elderly people will face over the next few decades as fewer women choose to have children. According to an August 2013 report from AARP, 11.6 percent of women ages 80 to 84 were childless in 2010. By 2030, the number will reach 16 percent. What’s more, in 2010, the caregiver support ratio was more than seven potential home care service caregivers for every person over 80 years old. By 2030, that ratio of home care givers is projected to decline to four to one. By 2050, it’s expected to fall to three to one.

Unlike China, whose Law of Protection of Rights and Interests of Elderly People requires children of parents older than 60 to visit their parents “often” and tend to their financial and spiritual needs, the United States has no such law.

The trend means that “there are going to be far fewer of the traditional home care caregivers,” said Donald Redfoot, a co-author of the study and a senior policy adviser with the AARP Public Policy Institute in Washington. “It raises the question: Then who?”

“Many people are extending the notion of family itself, to nieces and nephews, cousins and so on,” he continued. “But it’s also expanding to ‘pseudo kin’ of friends and neighbors. We see this in the L.G.B.T. community, many of whom have been alienated from their families.”

Not only does it raise questions of who will care for them, it also brings up issues of housing and home care arrangements, estate planning and whom to put in charge of financial affairs.

This is something Batya Lewton, 82, a former teacher and librarian in New York who never married and has no children, has been contemplating. “You have to think in advance; you can’t assume that people are going to know what you want done for yourself, or how you want to be taken care of, whether you want to stay in your home or not,” she said. “It’s important that people who you care about and who care about you know exactly what you want.”

About eight years ago, Ms. Lewton appointed two friends who live in her building to oversee her future. Both have power of attorney and are executors of her will. She has filed important papers in clearly marked boxes, and also given explicit instructions on where she would like to be buried, what she wants engraved on her headstone and how the funeral should proceed. (She did not, however, prepay the event. “I’m superstitious,” she said.)……

The entire article relating to  a need for home care service and growing old without children is below

The Childless Plan for Their Fading Days – The New York Times.