Benefits of Senior Home Care
In-home care can be a lifeline to seniors. It offers a wide range of benefits that can improve their overall health and well-being. Some of the benefits include:
Good Mental Health and High Spirits
As we grow older we become more appreciative of our everyday surroundings. Our physical space and the people we share it with are a source of comfort. Most seniors are sensitive to change and many would rather stay home than move to a care home or nursing facility. Through in-home services, seniors can still receive the medical and personal care they need without moving away from home and family. By keeping seniors in a familiar environment, we help them maintain a positive mental disposition, which, in turn, increases their longevity.
It is common knowledge that home care is still the most affordable option for seniors. Should a senior move to a retirement, nursing, or assisting living facility, they would need to pay for room, board, and meals. Even for those who have more extensive medical needs, home care is still generally cheaper with the right provider.
New Bonds and Friendships
Through home care, a senior is usually assigned the same caregiver until the contract is terminated. This gives our loved ones a chance to create new friendships and satisfy their need to connect socially. Human interaction is important at any age. Even if the senior chooses not to interact with the caregiver, having someone else in the room provides a source of comfort.
Control Over Caregiver Behavior and Qualifications
When seniors move to a retirement or assisted living facility, we (as advocates for our senior’s care), may have little control over the professional and personal backgrounds of the staff, or their care plan. With in-home care, family members can stay close to senior loved ones, drop by and check anytime, and even participate in the hiring process.
Arguably the best part of in-home care is being able to choose your provider and work closely with them to develop the “perfect” care plan for your loved one. For example, a caregiver can accompany your loved one to the grocery store every Monday, perform light housekeeping duties every Tuesday and Thursday, and help with bathing activities as needed. With such a level of customization, seniors and their families can maximize the benefits they get from the service.
Do you want to learn more about the benefits of senior home care? Please call us at 808-202-2010.