Why In-Home (Instead of Nursing Home) Senior Care?
As they say, there will be “no place like home,” ever. It’s challenging to think about healing or feeling good when schedules are being forced on you, dealing with strangers is an everyday thing , and quick turnover of neighbors is the norm. Or where your comfort items and visitors are controlled – let’s not forget the relentless assault of fluorescent lighting. But fact is, that is the actual scenario when seniors are removed from their homes and left in nursing home facilities so they can receive “better care.” The deeper question is none other than, “better for whom?”
The following are the concrete benefits that come with in-home senior care, FOR the senior:
Keeping the Family Tight
In most cases, moving an elderly person to a care facility results in disunited families . It may call for an out-of-town move, a spouse may be left at home, the senior may be separated from extended family members, and so on.
Based on research, the need to connect with family and loved ones is directly proportional to the amount of care needed by the senior. Home care, with the help of licensed, compassionate home care providers, will enable families to remain together and engaged.
Maintaining Autonomy and Self-Worth
Leaving the home dear to them, being forced to fit their possessions in a tiny room, and having to turn over control over every decisions usually causes seniors to slip into depression, believing they are no longer needed or wanted, or that they just don’t fit in anymore. Based on a lot of studies, seniors would usually rather age-in-place, and, when given such an option, rarely become lonely or depressed. Seniors who age in place, with some professional care provided as needed, tend to be more physically as well as mentally active.
In lots of cases, home care services only cost about 50% of what it would take to move a senior to an assisted living or nursing home facility. This is because the senior only pays for needed and used services, aside from the fact that home care comes with none of the typically mammoth costs associated with operating an entire live-in care facility.
The average monthly cost of hiring a home health carer is only about $3,000 plus – without a doubt more affordable compared to the $5000 plus per month that nursing homes usually get paid. Of course, it is isn’t right to go for home senior care for the sake of saving money, but for those who are in search of smart options, this one surely is.
Then again, we all know that not all home senior care providers are created equal. Hence, it is important to do some research and compare various options before deciding which one is best.