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The Benefits of In Home Care for Seniors

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All people get to a point in their lives where they need a little extra help. Whether you are recently retired, have an ongoing medical issue, or simply can’t get around the way you used to, there is no shame in getting some help. However, the reality is that you can’t always depend on family to provide this help.

Rather than moving into an assisted care facility, many seniors are opting for in-home care because of the many benefits and flexibility it offers. It is the perfect option for seniors who require some assistance, but not enough to warrant moving into a retirement home.

 

Whether you have physical limitations, require help with certain tasks, or you simply want someone to keep you company when your family can’t, in-home care for seniors is an increasingly popular option. In particular, there are 7 commonly cited benefits of choosing in-home care.

 

You maintain the comforts of home

This is far and away the top benefit of opting for in-home care versus moving into an ALF. There is nothing better than the comfy confines of your own home. You can sleep in your own bed, relax and watch television on your own sofa, and it’s your home, so you make the rules. After many years of working hard and making your home uniquely yours, the last thing you probably want to do is give it up.

In-home care ensures you can stay in your home, and get the help and treatment you need in a comfortable environment.

 

Personalized one-on-one care

When you choose in-home care, you are guaranteed to get the undivided attention of your caregiver. They are in your home to provide you with one-on-one care, ensuring you get the best assistance possible. There are no other patients or distractions that can interrupt your care, allowing you to not only get the help you need but also get the best value for the money you are paying for these services.

 

You maintain your independence

Seniors have a strong sense of pride, and you should. You have worked hard your whole life for the things you have and now you want to enjoy them. Even if you require assistance, you are most comfortable in your own home, and knowing that you are at home and live on your own allows you to maintain your independence and gives you the confidence to keep doing so. With an in-home care provider, you can still do the things you enjoy doing and in the comfort of your own home.

 

Customized care to meet your specific needs

One of the great benefits of in-home care is that services and care can be customized to meet your unique needs. Services vary from live-in care, full time, part time, and occasional care. Specialized care is available for seniors with certain health conditions and needs. So, whether you need assistance with medication, recovery from a medical procedure, bathing, meal preparation, household chores or running errands, you can get the help you need.

 

Peace of mind

Having access to in-home care when you need it will give seniors peace of mind in knowing they can get the help they need to maintain their independent lifestyle. It also provides your loved ones with peace of mind in knowing you can get help when they can’t be there for you. With work, kids, and everyday life, it’s difficult for families to be there all the time for their elderly parents. In-home care takes some of the burden off family members, while ensuring seniors have access to reliable and high-quality care.

 

Reduced financial burden

Finances are a big concern for seniors. Most live on a limited budget, making it difficult for them to afford the high cost of retirement homes. In-home care helps to reduce the financial burden by allowing you to cater care to your specific needs and monthly budget. If one day of care per week is what works for you financially, then you can choose this option. You choose the care services that fit in your budget.

 

No strict schedules or timelines

A final benefit of choosing in-home care is that you are not relegated to a specific schedule or timeline, as you would in a retirement home. While you do need to schedule the times your caregiver will come to your home, you have the flexibility to choose the times and dates that work for you. You also have the flexibility to make adjustments to your care schedule if circumstances change.

Shared Support

In-home senior care also provides greater flexibility with the work, time, and pay arrangements you choose for your caregiver. Many families who are supporting relatively health loved-ones will instead opt to hire a nanny, who often charge less than home health aides. Further, if you do not require a full time care provider, Home Health Solutions Group can help immensely. Here, the goal is to divide time with another family or group who requires care. If your family member is hesitant to receive support, a part time care giver or nanny share might help them ease in to the change! To find a nanny share, Eldercare.com sadly isn’t your best resource. Instead, consider using Home Health Solutions Group.

Conclusion

Being able to live a happy and independent lifestyle is the goal for most seniors. There is no place more comfortable than your own home. As in-home care for seniors continues to evolve, it provides more care options than ever before. Whether you need full-time care or just someone to help out around the house occasionally, there is an in-home care option for you.

 

Home health care can help

For many families, home health care is a beneficial choice—a safe and affordable solution that supports the family, while allowing your loved ones to stay in the comfort of their own homes and communities.

If you are caring for a loved one, here are ten ways home health care can support you:

  • Home health care professionals can be there when you aren’t able to be. If you are caregiving from a distance, home health care can give you peace of mind. Trained and qualified professionals can assess safety risks and make simple corrections in the home—from placing a rug on a slippery floor, to recommendations for ambulatory assistance.

 

  • Home care supports activities of daily living (ADLs). In-home services allow adults to receive day-to-day help with the personal care they need, preserving their dignity and maintaining a good quality of life. Assistance with activities of daily living can include bathing, grooming, and medication reminders.

 

  • Access to skilled nursing care at home. Skilled medical care can be delivered at home by thoroughly supervised nurses, certified, licensed and knowledgeable about high-technology medical equipment. Home health care can ensure that your loved one’s complex medical needs are met.

 

  • Support with diet and nutrition. Are your loved ones getting the nutrition they need to stay healthy? Adults age 65 and older, people with chronic conditions, and those recently discharged from a hospital or nursing facility are likely to be nutritionally at-risk. Aging, bed rest, illness, and injury can all contribute to the loss of lean body mass. Home care may include nutritional counseling and home-cooked meals to protect your loved ones against malnutrition.

 

  • Medication management.If your loved one is on multiple prescriptions it can be confusing to manage. Home health care professionals can ensure the right medications are being taken at the right times to control health conditions and prevent harmful drug interactions.

 

  • Home health care professionals provide caring companionship. Research shows that aging adults stay healthier with social interaction. Home health aides can become trusted friends for walks, reading, cards, games, movies, meals, and other social activities. Accompaniment on errands such as grocery shopping, medical appointments, and other activities are also added benefits.

 

  • Home care helps with light household chores. When aging adults struggle the daily demands of housework, such as laundry, vacuuming, dishes, and simple chores home care helps to consistently maintain a safe and healthy living environment.

 

  • Home health care clients have comparable or better health outcomes. Research has shown that clinical results are comparable or better with fewer complications when home care is provided to individuals with chronic conditions such as pneumonia, diabetes, or COPD.

 

  • One-on-one focus and support. Home health care services are truly unique, providing meaningful, one-on-one personal and skilled care that builds strong bonds between professionals and their clients. According to the Cleveland Clinical Journala person who is seen by a clinician in the comfort of home more readily trusts that the health care team places their needs first.

 

  • An affordable alternative to facility or hospital care.According to the National Association of Home Care, the average cost of care from a skilled nursing facility is $544 dollars per day, while the average cost of home health care per visit is $132 dollars.

There are also an emotional benefits of in-home elder care

Growing older can lead to many changes, both physical and mentally, that may require seniors to need extra help throughout their day. Sometimes needs are great enough that moving into long-term care is the best option. However, caring for elderly parents at home has many benefits, both emotionally and physically. Hiring a home health care agency can help with care needs. Here are some of the ways home care can benefit your elderly parents emotionally.

Maintain independence. Allowing your loved one to stay in their own home can actually help them maintain their independence. Having a home care aide come and help out with errands and chores, for example, lets your parent still remain in charge and able to participate in their daily routines. Giving up independence is the thing that many older people fear most. In-home care can help preserve independence.

Provide comfort and peace. Nothing is more comforting than being in your own house surrounded by the things that make it a home – family pictures, furniture that you picked out, beloved pets. Allowing your loved one to remain comfortably at home can have great emotional benefits and help mitigate any depressive symptoms. A home care aide can make sure that your loved one is safe and help anticipate any changes in health conditions or behaviors before they turn into larger problems.

Maintain self-dignity. As they age, seniors may have trouble completing activities of daily living, such as dressing or bathing. One of the benefits of home health care is that an aide can help them with these things helping to preserve their self-dignity.

Prevent loneliness. A home care aide can provide companionship for your loved one. Their sole job is to make sure that your loved one is taken care of. Many home care aides and their clients become very close and friendships do develop. This can be very beneficial to seniors who may be home-bound

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