The Advantages of In-Home Care


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Senior home care ( ) simply means the ability of seniors to stay in their own homes safely regardless of age or physical ability. Senior home care has certain tangible and intangible benefits. Today both medical care ( ) and non-medical care ( ) can be delivered at home with proper planning.

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The Advantages of In-Home Care

  1. 1. The Advantages of In-Home Care
  2. 2. A home is more than a building, cherished memories reside within the walls. It doesn’t matter how old you are; no one likes living and being cared for in a facility. Today it is possible for most treatment and care to be provided for at home and there are many advantages.
  3. 3. A study conducted by a team of experts on caregiving and aging showed that professional, in-home care for seniors improved the quality and quantity of care they received and enhanced quality of life for both seniors and their family members.
  4. 4. The home is a warm and loving environment where the patient can be more relaxed and comfortable.
  5. 5. Meals are made to your order and, if you can and have the desire, you can take part in the cooking and clean-up. Or, you can leave it to family and caregivers.
  6. 6. Receiving in-home paid home care means more care for the senior. Those with in home care typically receive 87.9 hours per week versus just 35 hours for those who don’t.
  7. 7. Family visits are much easier and more relaxed in a home environment and, if necessary, there is often a place for family members or caregivers to sleep. Being with family keeps the patient in a good mood and this can have subtle health benefits.
  8. 8. Family visits in a facility are often limited by policies concerning times visits can take place, who can visit and how long they can stay. The hassles and costs associated with traveling to visit relatives in elderly care facilities is avoided. Depending on the location of the facility costs can include meals out and hotels.
  9. 9. Being at home means no guilt for the family and for the patient, no feelings of abandonment.
  10. 10. Being cared for in your own home comes with a feeling of security, comfort, and privacy.
  11. 11. If hospice is involved, being present in the final stages of an elderly relative’s life helps family to patch up any old tensions and, eventually, to achieve closure.
  12. 12. Young children can develop strong, valuable relationships with their elderly relatives and benefit from their wisdom, which is often difficult in care facilities. Home care is often less expensive than a facility, particularly if the Medicare limit is reached.
  13. 13. At home, the family can personally monitor the patient’s health and increase, decrease or modify care as needed.
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