The Benefits of Home Care
Benefits for Clients
The primary benefit of in-home care is that it allows individuals to remain living independently within the comfort, familiarity and security of their own home where thay can eat at their own dining table, sleep in their own bed, sit in their favorite chair and, most importantly, continue to live with more freedom, privacy and dignity. In-home care services can be customized and personalized based on individual needs and preferences allowing clients to have more choices and control over their own lives.
For individuals facing challenges performing the routine activities of daily living, in-home care is a safe and cost-effective alternative to placement in an assisted living facility or nursing home where they may not receive the same level of individualized attention. It has been determined that seniors that remain in their own environment are less likely to become as confused, disoriented or encounter as many falls as they may in facilities. For individuals recuperating from illness, injury or surgery, in-home care has been shown to reduce the rate of hospital readmissions and often results in quicker recovery times.
Home care extends life. A study by the U.S. General Accounting Office has established that people receiving home care tend to live longer and have a better quality of life. Home care helps not only add years to life, but "life to years." More than four in five (83%) Americans age 45+ say they would like to remain in their current residence for as long as possible. Even if they need help caring for themselves, older Americans prefer receiving services that allow them to stay in their current home.
With the assistance of a caregiver, seniors are often able to significantly improve their quality of life. In-home care can also provide the benefits of companionship and socialization which leads to improved mental health.
Benefits for Families
Many families are not able to provide the necessary level of support to their loved one due to other life, work and family demands. Constant caregiving can be very stressful. Home care assistance allows family members more time to spend on quality activities with their loved one rather than being consumed by the many routine tasks that caregivers are specifically trained to handle.
Home care helps to keep families together by preventing or delaying the transition of a loved one into an institution.
Home care is more cost efficient compared to assisted living facilities. In general, home care costs only one-tenth as much as hospitalization and only one-fourth as much as nursing home placement. Why pay for full-time assisted living and nursing assistance when only part-time, supplemental home care services are required?
With in-home care, families that are unable to serve as primary caregivers have the benefit of knowing that their loved ones are receiving professional, compassionate, and personalized care in the convenience of their own homes. Having a personal, caring and professional caregiver in the home provides everyone peace of mind.