As relatives age and their ability to care for themselves begins to dwindle, you begin to look for options to provide them adequate care. 90% of seniors want to stay in their homes for as long as possible.This is not a surprising statistic, as the vast majority of human beings long for comfort and familiarity.
Moving into an assisted living community or nursing home means being taken away from what’s familiar and, essentially, starting over. A lot of independence is also sacrificed by moving into a new care facility.
What is Home Care?
Home care allows seniors to be assisted by professional nursing, medical care, support services staff directly in their home. By providing these services in-home, seniors are enabled to stay in a home setting for as long as possible, improving their quality of life.
Home health care most frequently occurs in a senior’s home residence, but can also be delivered at assisted living facilities or rehabilitation facilities if more help is necessary.
The needs of every individual senior are taken into account when determining the care services that should be provided– ranging from minor, non-medical care to more intensive care.
What Kind of Services are included with in Home Care?
Typically home care services can include:
- Assisting with mobility– ranging from helping them get dressed to transportation
- Bathing and hygiene
- Food preparation
- Cleaning and tidying the home
- Medication accountability
- Camaraderie (peer fellowship)
- Providing physical and cognitive therapies
- Monitoring heart rate and blood pressure
- Managing IV’s and catheters
- Caring for wounds from injury or surgery
- Driving to doctor visits or to run errands such as the grocery store– seniors who drive are more prone to auto accidents and injuries
Benefits of Home Care over Care Outside the Home
Home care has significant benefits to a senior that make it a more favorable option than a nursing home or assisted living center. These benefits include:
- Lower medical bills
- Improved quality of life
- Greater convenience
- Familiarity and comfort
- Reliable and dependable care
One study found that those who received in-home care visited the doctor 25% fewer times than those who didn’t receive in-home care. Plus, home care recipients with Alzheimer’s or other dementia diseases made almost 50% fewer trips to the doctor.
Seniors with dementia diseases, Parkinson’s, heart conditions, COPD, diabetes, or cancer are typically who benefit the most from in-home care.
Home care is the preferred option among seniors to maintain independence, dignity, and comfort. Not only do home care professionals provide care that’s more convenient for seniors, but they also provide far more affordable care than assisted living communities and nursing homes.
For more information on home care and how to determine if it’s the right care option for you, contact Senior Service Resources.