Most elderly people who need assistance in daily living activities would prefer to stay in their own homes for the longest time possible. Some seniors adamantly refuse to move to an assisted living facility. In such a case, home care is the best alternative.
This is an arrangement where home care aides come into your loved one's home and offer assistance for a specific number of hours. So what are the benefits of senior home care?
After living in his own home for years, moving your loved one into a new facility may destabilize him.
With home care, your loved one stays in his own home. Familiar surroundings can be calming and comforting especially in case of dementia. Your loved one gets to keeps their space and independence.
Unlike in assisted living, where they may have a roommate, in home care, they do not have to share their living space with strangers.
In a home care set-up, your loved one gets to benefit from the care of a hired caregiver as well as that of loved ones. At home, family and friends are more likely to drop in, making them less lonely. It is also easier for friends and family to monitor his health and progress in home care.
Unlike in assisted living facilities, in home-care, your loved one is the only resident, so she gets one-on-one attention and care. Your loved one may just need help in cleaning her space; or she may only need companionship. The kind of care she receives can also be adjusted over time as her needs change. There are amazing services for seniors in-home or over the internet. For instance, speech therapy telemedicine is becoming very popular for seniors who are coping with dentures, stroke damage, or other changes to their speech. The therapist, such as from Bridges The Gap And Communication Partners, can meet with the patient in their own home and provide speech and cognitive services.
In case of sickness, your loved one is likely to heal faster in his home environment. He is also less likely to get fewer infections as a result of sharing facilities and space with many people.
However, before you take the home care option, consider the following:
The State of your Loved one
If she is completely dependent, she may need around the clock care which may be costly. On the other hand, if she is fairly independent, then home care may be a viable option.
You may need to make some modifications to your home to make it conducive to home care. This comes with a considerable cost.
If your loved one is fairly dependent and you can afford it, in-home care is the best option for your aging loved one.