Updated: Jan 25, 2021
Studies have found that an estimated 90% of infirmed and elderly individuals prefer home care over institutional care.
Home care helps keep families together. Compare this to taking an elderly person away from her loved ones. At no time is family more important than during times of illness. For example, taking the case of Anna, who is 76 and lives with her son and daughter-in-law. After Anna had several minor strokes, her family was concerned she might have to be moved to an assisted living facility because she could no longer be left alone when they were at work. They dreaded this possibility, and were greatly relieved when they found a home care agency that provided a companion to stay with Anna during the day. Now, they no longer have to worry about Anna, and she is very happy to be living at home with her family.
Home care helps seniors maintain their independence. Home care allows seniors, who strive to maintain their remaining independence as long as possible, to continue to live in the place they function best – their home.
Home care helps promote healing. Medical evidence shows that people recover more quickly at home where they are familiar with their surroundings.
Home care is safer. There is no secret that people pick up infections and other complications when they live amid a chronically ill population (such as in a hospital or long-term care facility). This is obviously not the case when cared for at home.
Home care reduces the stress that often accompanies illness. Illness increases anxiety and stress, but research shows it’s not nearly as great when care is practiced in the home. Familiar sights, sounds and smells can help to keep stress and anxiety at lower levels.
Home care is delivered by a special group of people. People don’t work in the home care industry for the money. They do it for the emotional satisfaction of helping others and for making a difference in the life of another. Take Joanne, who has been a companion/caregiver for nearly 30 years. She loves her job and cares for her patients in the same way she would want her own loved ones treated.
Home care extends life. Studies by nursing schools and government agencies have found that home care actually extends life. Visits by home care personnel often provide spiritual, physical, and emotional support.
Home care improves one’s quality of life. For most people, the quality of their life is far better at home with personalized one-on-one interaction and stimulation from a companion/caregiver.
Home care is less expensive than other forms of care. The cost of home care is less expensive than hospitalization and almost always more affordable than a nursing home or assisted living care. Care plans and schedules are personalized for you based on the family budget!
Home care allows seniors to keep their pets. Many Independent and assisted living facilities have restrictions on the size or type of pet one can bring with them. Pets are known to keep people more active, reduce stress and increase socialization. Keeping seniors with their beloved pets is of utmost importance and a caregiver/companion can help with that.
Contact Living Well Senior Care today to find out if home care is right for you or your family member. 940.215.0209 or email us at email@example.com