Here are the top eight, practical reasons why having in-home care for yourself or an aging parent is healthy and allows you to remain independent in your own home, with all your comfort and familiarity.
ONE Cost-Effectiveness – A study published by the American Journal of Medicine shows patients who received home care after a hospital discharge could save roughly $6500 over the course of a year and decreased the risk of readmission and death. For others who require daily assistance, the flexibility of in-home care to meet personal and individual needs allows individuals the opportunity to receive care part-time or full-time, or for respite care.
TWO Individualized Attention and Care – Traditional institutions for caregiving do not compare to the one-on-one attention that in-home care offers. While caregivers are attending to several individuals at once in a facility, in-home caregivers are responsible for one individual. Time, energy and attention are focused on one person which can provide companionship and improve social interaction – which plays an essential role in the overall quality of life.
THREE Maintaining Independence – People value their independence, especially those of us who are creeping up in age. Many individuals who require assistance in daily living feel the stress and anxiety that comes with being unable to independently care for themselves. In-home care helps maintain a sense of control over their lives and offers more freedom while still having the support of a caregiver to assist with many tasks and chores that cannot be done otherwise. Those who require less assistance typically opt for in-home care as opposed to reducing their level of independence.
FOUR Familiarity – People with Alzheimer’s and dementia function better with familiarity and routine. Being able to stay in the same neighborhood, waking up in the same home, and following the same routines can be very valuable to individuals who suffer from cognitive disorders.
FIVE Maintaining Connections – Independence is not the only thing that individuals maintain when they receive in-home care. They are given the opportunity to maintain relationships and connections with those around them. They are able to stay involved in spiritual/religious communities, keep connections with local service providers and health care professionals and places of familiarity that they enjoy.
SIX Keeping Pets – Many alternative methods of caregiving do not allow the individual the opportunity to keep beloved family pets or get new pets. Owning pets can reduce anxiety, stress and depression. It can also contribute to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and even help improve physical activity. While many caregiving options take away the opportunity to own pets, in-home care can actually provide help in caring for the pet.
SEVEN Comfort – Of all of the benefits that in-home care provides, comfort is probably the biggest. Peoples’ homes are a safe place for them, holding security and precious memories. Having that safety and comfort alone can help reduce anxiety and depression.
EIGHT Reduce Caregiver Burnout – Family members who are responsible for the care of a loved one often suffer from caregiver burnout. Not only are they responsible for their own families and jobs, but they carry the weight of making sure that their loved one is safe and that their needs are met. In-home care help take that extraordinary pressure off family members and provide reassurance that their loved ones are provided for and safe.