In-home care could be future for senior citizens

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.(KELO)- Like many rural states, South Dakota is struggling to provide the long term care needed by most senior citizens.

One alternative that might help solve the problem is in-home care.

Right at Home Chaplain Patty Larson says it also helps seniors stay in their homes.

Larson says in-home care is a good alternative for families separated by distance, and those who need some extra help.

Families looking for long-term care are finding few options.

Many facilities have closed in rural areas due to financial and workforce problems.

Right At Home provides a broad range of care in the Sioux Falls and Rapid City areas.

Chaplain Larson says the type of care depends on the needs.

They don’t provide hospice care, but work with agencies that do.

Making the transition from living at home to a long term care facility can be difficult.

But, it may not be necessary.

Companies like Right At Home provide services in people’s homes.

Chaplain Larson says the hard part is often starting the discussion.

Larson says asking about specific problems can help.

Right At Home provides in-home long term care for South Dakota residents within an hour of Sioux Falls and Rapid City.