Researching care options for an aging loved one can be overwhelming and it might be tough to decide what will be best for your family.
Some options, like moving to a residential care facility require making big lifestyle changes.
For many families, home care is the best solution as it allows their loved one to stay in the comfort of their own home and continue living as they are used to.
Here are 10 advantages and benefits of home care:
- Personalized Care
- Faster Recovery
- One-on-one Attention
- Cost Effectiveness
- Peace of mind
- Family Involvement
- Pet Ownership
The primary benefit of home care is that your loved one is able to stay in the place that is most comfortable and familiar to them. They can sleep in their own bed, use their own bathroom, and continue their daily routines. Being in familiar surroundings can be especially beneficial for those suffering from progressive conditions that affect the memory such as dementia.
2. Personalized Care
Instead of adjusting to the schedules and routines of a care facility, a home care plan is customized to fit your family’s needs. Whether your loved one only needs assistance for a few hours a day, or requires full-time live in care, home care is flexible and adapts to what is best for each client.
3. Faster Recovery
Research shows that patients recover from surgery and illness faster and more successfully in the comfort of their own home. They also have a decreased risk of developing infection from exposure to germs in a medical facility and have fewer hospital readmissions.
4. One-on-one Attention
The personal nature of home care allows your loved one to be the primary focus of the caregiver. Their job is to provide a level of attention and care that ensures your loved one is safe and comfortable. Because an in-home caregiver is usually tending to a single client, their needs are met much faster than in a residential facility.
5. Cost Effectiveness
Home care rates are charged by the hour, so there is a lot of flexibility when it comes to out-of-pocket expense. Costs in the Bay Area average $24 – $35 per hour, and there is usually a discounted rate for 24-hour live-in care. For individuals that need assistance on a part-time basis, the cost of home care can be significantly lower than a residential nursing facility, which costs up to $550 per day. Long-term care insurance plans can also help cover the cost of home care.
6. Peace of mind
You won’t have to worry about your loved one being alone and falling or getting injured while performing daily activities such as showering and using the stove. Instead, you will be able to rest easy knowing they are being well cared for.
Loss of independence is a big concern for seniors who are considering care options. A huge advantage of home care is that your loved one is able to keep control over many aspects of their daily life. They get to continue living by their own schedule, choosing when they want to eat, sleep, and socialize. For seniors who no longer drive, a caregiver can help them get to social activities and run errands supporting their ability to live independently.
Seniors who live alone often experience social isolation and feelings of loneliness which can lead to a decline in health. A caregiver provides your loved one with a familiar face, friendly conversation, and a meaningful human connection, all of which can have a big impact on overall health and well-being.
9. Family Involvement
Home care enables your family to be a larger part of your loved ones care plan. With a good home care agency, you will have a direct line of communication with your loved one’s caregiver and a care manager will provide you with frequent updates regarding care.
10. Pet Ownership
The ability to stay living at home means your loved one won’t have to part with their beloved pet. For seniors, pet companionship has been shown to ease loneliness, reduce heart disease, and calm dementia patients. A caregiver’s help can allow seniors to enjoy the benefits of pet companionship, even if they need some assistance caring for the animal.
If you or your family member is considering in-home care as part of a plan to age in place, contact Family Matters In-Home Care today for a free consultation. Our team is dedicated to supporting your family and helping older adults enjoy life in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible.
Some of the services offered by Family Matter In-Home Care include: Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, Bed & Wheelchair Transfer Assistance, Companionship, Housekeeping & Meal Preparation, Personal Care, Recovery Care, and Transportation.