Because housing prices have fallen so far, some elderly citizens are "locked" into remaining in their houses. They face the choice of selling their homes now and relocating to a care community, or waiting it out, living independently at home. This situation places a burden on family members to either become caregivers or hire a professional to do the job.
Hiring a professional caregiver through a home care company is advantageous because family members don't have to worry about insuring the caregiver, nor do they have to worry about finding a replacement when their privately-hired caregiver cannot make it.
Many studies have shown that length and quality of life are vastly improved by remaining as independent as possible within one's own home. The assistance of a caregiver makes it easier to achieve in-home independence and retain dignity in later years.