According to a recent study by AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), 90% of seniors want to stay in their homes as long as possible. Therefore, it is not surprising that most elderly people are cared for in the comfort of their own homes by a primary caregiver, such as a spouse, or other family member, with the assistance of a home care agency.
Home care, also known as in-home care, provides the following 5 important benefits for seniors:
1. Promotes Independence.
The home is a source of comfort, familiarity, and independence. A major reason people choose in-home care is that it allows them to recover in the comfort of their own homes. With in-home care, patients receive care that is individualized to fit their specific needs. This way, individuals as well as their families are able to maintain more control over the type of care received.
2. It’s Affordable.
A major advantage of in-home healthcare is that it costs less than hospital care. Nursing homes average $200/day for semi-private rooms, and assisted living facilities average $3,300/month, while in-home care averages significantly less. Depending on the needs of the individual, in-home care can be a much more cost-friendly option than hospital care.
3. Provides Personalized Care.
No one person is the same, and in-home care recognizes the importance of specialized care in order to maintain the health and well-being of an individual. In-home care provides one-on-one attention, whereas in a hospital or nursing home, a single staff person is responsible for caring for 10 or more residents. In-home care is typically provided by a team of practitioners, including home health aides, nurses, therapists, and physicians. Together, the team establishes a personalized care plan for each individual.
4. Encourages Family Participation.
In times of sickness, the family becomes more important than ever. Families are the most important source of mental and emotional support for older adults. In-home care enables family members to have unrestricted visiting hours, and they can visit without fear of interrupting or stepping on any toes.
5. Elevates Quality of Life.
In-home care prevents premature decline in older adults. Seniors are encouraged to maintain independence and care for themselves for as long as possible. In addition, this type of care also helps eliminate stressors associated with aging and has been shown to extend the lives of those receiving care.
The key to taking advantage of these five key benefits is going through a licensed home care agency to ensure that individuals are screened rigorously and qualified to provide direct care to you or your loved one. At Companions for Seniors, all of our caregivers are screened rigorously. We offer a variety of services to fit your needs and budget. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us to set up a consultation in the comfort of your home. Click Here to contact us today.