Why and When to Opt for Using Home Health Care for Seniors
November 30, 2017
If you are like the majority of aging adults, you likely prefer to live at home for as long as possible. You enjoy the feeling of independence and being in familiar surroundings. Despite this, there may be some daily activities that are beginning to become a little challenging, such as dressing, bathing, driving, and grocery shopping. In-home care can provide you with home health care, non-medical care, and even companionship. You are able to keep your independence in your own home while home care professionals come to you to give you the bit of extra help you need.
Recent research indicates that 90 percent of seniors wish to stay in their homes as long as possible. Your home is where you are most at ease and it is what is familiar to you. If you move out to an assisted living community or nursing home, you may feel that you are starting over and may have to share a room with someone you don’t know. The cost of care is also something to be carefully considered. With in home care, you are able to remain as independent as you can be, which is a psychological boost in itself, as the effects of aging are taking place.
To put this into perspective, if you were to have a surgery on your hip and you were able to get after-care in your home afterward, versus going to a nursing home for care, a therapist can visit you in your home, home health aides can help tend to your home as needed until you recover, you sleep in your bed and are surrounded by your things. A study found that those who received in home care visited the doctor 25 percent less frequently than those who did not.
There are many types of in home care. We create a care plan in which a doctor reviews and signs and we also have on staff speech therapy and a social worker. Whatever you need can be arranged based on your specific needs and preferences, in the comfort of your own home. Non-medical professionals who offer in-home care include home health aides, personal care attendants, homemakers, and companions. Home health aides provide assistance with daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, feeding, utilizing the restroom, grooming, oral care, walking, using a wheelchair, housekeeping, laundry, changing linens, shopping, transportation, meal planning and meal preparations, money management and medication management.
Some of those who use home health care assistance include seniors with mobility issues, muscle weakness, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and those dealing with after effects of a stroke or a surgery that may require some down time through the recovery process.
For many aging adults, in home care is an alternative to assisted living that allows them to maintain their independence for as long as possible. If you or a loved one are considering in home care services, contact us today to discuss the many options our team of caring and experienced professionals offer to help care for you or your loved one.