Why In-Home (Instead of Nursing Home) Senior Care?
As they say, there will be “no place like home,” ever. It’s difficult to imagine healing or feeling better in a place in which schedules are enforced upon you, strangers and different carers are usual, and different neighbors every time is routine. Or where your comfort items and visitors are controlled – let’s not forget the relentless assault of fluorescent lighting. But truth is, that is the very situation when elderly people are moved from their homes to nursing homes because they need “better care.” The real question now is, “better for whom?”
The following are the concrete benefits that come with in-home senior care, FOR the senior:
Keeping the Family Together
Typically, moving a senior to a care home causes splitting up of families. It can require moving to a different town or city, leaving one spouse at home, being separated from an entire household of extended family members, and so forth.
According to research, the need to be with family and loved ones is directly proportional to the level of care the individual requires. Home care, with the help of licensed, compassionate home care providers, will enable families to remain together and engaged.
Maintaining Autonomy and Self-Worth
Being removed from the home close to their heart, having to pack all their in a tiny room, and not being able to make daily decisions for themselves usually causes leaves seniors depressed, consumed by the feeling that the world no longer wants or needs them. Several studies show that seniors typically prefer to age-in-place, and when allowed to do so, depression becomes less likely. When elderly people age in place with the help of professional caregivers, they tend to become more physically and mentally fit.
Usually, home care services cost only around half of the costs of nursing home services and other more formal senior care options. This is because payment is only made for services that are actually required, and simply because no one has to foot the costs required to run an entire assisted live-in care institution.
The average monthly cost for a daily home health care provider is around $3,000 plus – undoubtedly cheaper than the usual $5000 plus monthly bill at a nursing home. Definitely, it is outright wrong to pick home senior care for the cost factor alone, but for those who want a wiser options, this is clearly one.
Then again, we all know that there are substantial differences among the different senior care agencies operating today. Therefore, it is best to do some research and make comparisons before choosing one.