As more and more seniors wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible, homecare is becoming a popular choice for both them and their family members. In the past, the elderly often went into a nursing home or other assisted care facility because they simply could no longer take care of their personal needs, not always due to the need for medical treatment or 24/7 care. This often led to an individual spending his or her final months or years in an unfamiliar place feeling like they were there just waiting for the end.
Staying at home can mean a more enjoyable, positive lifestyle for your loved one -- in familiar surroundings, without the anxiety and stress of living in a care facility, and with increased independence to make the aging process less daunting. A study by the United States General Accounting Office notes that seniors receiving homecare tend to live longer and have a better quality of life. Fortunately, many seniors today can and are comfortably remaining at home, having more of a say in their lives. Simple aspects of when to get up and what to eat remain their decision, avoiding the frustration of these simple everyday choices dictated to them by a nursing or assisted living facility. Additionally, homecare provides a cost-effective alternative to the expensive nursing homes, adding a financially sound facet to the benefits of in homecare.
However, if you’re a family member who is a caregiver to an elderly person living at home, you know it’s no easy feat, especially if you’re doing this alone. If you work, you may find this affects you on the job – making calls and appointments during work hours or even missing work altogether some days. There are undoubtedly those times when you just simply need a break or some time for yourself – and you may feel guilty taking it - if you can even find the time at all. Professional, affordable homecare is also an option for family caregiverswho can use a respite or extra help while providing their loved one a more comfortable lifestyle at home.
Caregivers ranging from Companions and Homemakers to Certified Nursing Assistants to more skilled care providers are typically hired through a bonded and insured homecare agency. While you might consider hiring a less expensive caregiver privately, you must understand the additional risks in doing so. As a professional homecare agency, In-home Care™ carefully screens applicants’ credentials, drug tests, runs background checks, and only takes on caregivers who are compassionate and experienced in what they do. We also work closely with you to customize a care plan to meet your loved one’s specific needs and match the right person to provide this care. Because our services are completely personalized, depending upon type of assistance required, you can budget an affordable schedule that works for you.
Benefits of Homecare include:
- Customized Care: Homecare offers care on a more personalized basis than nursing or assisted living facilities where patients or residents must wait their turn for services, exercise, and even meals. Custom, one-on-one care tailored to your loved one’s needs benefits them by providing added independence, friendly companionship, and happiness in a familiar setting. It also promotes the healing process, with evidence pointing to patients healing more quickly in their own home.
- Peace of Mind: Personalized care offers your loved one the specific support they require. It may be as simple as conversation, medication reminders, and healthy meal planning or may include bathing, exercise, feeding assistance, or cognitive skill focus. Whatever their needs, personalized homecare gives both you and your elderly loved one peace of mind that someone is ready and able to help with day to day living.
- Home Care is Often Less Costly than Other Types of Care: For many services, homecare costs less than other care options. Overall, homecare is just one-tenth the cost hospitalization and 25% the cost of a nursing home when addressing comparable health issues. In some instances, a portion of it may even be covered under Medicare, depending upon the patient’s health and other factors. Additionally some long-term care policies and retirement benefits may also include homecare services. Check with your plans and also refer to your local Agency on Aging for more information.
- Homecare is Coordinated With the individual and their Families -- and helps keep families together: The care recipient and their family members are encouraged to participate in the process of developing and maintaining customized care. Seniors are provided services they need to remain home, family members can rest easier, and recovering patients are taught how to get well and how to maintain their health. Additionally, the social value of family participation and the elderly remaining comfortably at home is invaluable, especially in times of times of illness.
- Medication Assistance & Monitored Nutrition: Timely and correct medication doses and proper nutrition are quite important, especially when it comes to seniors living on their own. A home caregiver can also create balanced, nutritional meals as well as watch the amount and types of food (i.e., diet-specific such as low sodium, low sugar, etc.) consumed by the individual in their care.
- Companionship, Activity & Exercise: Many elderly people get lonely in their own homes. A friendly face making regular care visits really can make a difference. Additionally, activity is also vital for seniors, so having the benefit someone there to walk with them provides added safety and security as they move about. An exercise regimen can also be implemented (under their doctor’s guidance/clearance) so that the senior can remain mobile and active.
- Transportation: Homecare also fills the gap for much-needed transportation for senior citizens. The caregiver can drive the person to any appointments they may have, from doctor’s visits to friends’ homes to social events and more. This avoids the risks of public transportation that some elderly people take when they have no other option, despite physical disabilities, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s disease. It also assists busy family members as they no longer need to plan out who will drive or take time off of work to safely escort the care recipient wherever they need to go.
- A Choice for the Terminally Ill: The trend for hospice and palliative care delivered in the home is growing in acceptance by the public and medical community. Many people seek the comfort of their own home with added access to friends and loved ones as they live out their final days.Fortunately, proper, respectful end of life care may now be provided to them right at home.
Contact In-home Care™ any time 24/7 to discuss homecare that suits you or your loved one’s needs and to schedule a FREE consultation. We feature flexible options ranging from a few hours a day to emergency coverage to post-hospitalization homecare, live in, part time, and everything in between. We understand that proper caregiving has no one size fits all solution and are ready to provide the services you need, when you need them.