Studies have found that an estimated 90 percent 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.
– 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 prevents or puts off institutional life. Living in a long-term care facility is unfamiliar and can often be intimidating. Again, most say they prefer postponing the inevitable as long as possible.
– Home care helps promote healing. Medical evidence shows that people recover more quickly at home.
– 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 means personalized care. You get this nowhere else. For example, take the case of Ken, who just celebrated his 90th birthday. After surgery he recently returned home from an acute rehab center, where for the first time since he started receiving home care services he was no longer receiving attention on a one-to-one basis. The aides and nurses, he felt, were too busy dealing with emergencies and he very much missed not having someone there to give him his morning shower or make sure he took his medication. He couldn’t wait to get home where his home health aide, Jenny, always puts his needs first.
– Home care often gets the entire family involved in providing care. Immediate and extended family members often take an active role at different times of the day when caring for a loved one.
– 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.
– Home care is the most effective form of health care delivered in terms ofcustomer satisfaction. It all comes down to the fact that people prefer to be at home.
– 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.
– 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 as well as medical support.
– Home care improves one’s quality of life. For most people, the quality of their life is far better at home than anywhere else.
– Home care is less expensive than other forms of care. The cost of home care is always less expensive than hospitalization and almost always more affordable than nursing home or assisted living care.
– Technology will make home care even more desirable in the future. Medical and technological advances will soon make it possible to diagnose, monitor and treat illness at a distance. This will help make home care even more of a preferred option.
For all these reasons, home care continues to grow as the most preferred and most effective way to care for our elderly loved ones.