Deciding what type of long-term
care for loved ones is an important decision that should not be considered lightly, and in-home care is something to consider. If given the option to live one’s golden years in an institutional setting or in one’s own home, the majority of people would choose their own homes. There are many instances when home care is a perfectly appropriate and less expensive care choice than nursing home placement or a permanent move to a retirement or assisted living facility.
There’s no place like home
You don’t have to be Dorothy and Toto to understand this concept. Homes are often havens to people, representing an environment of familiarity and comfort. Home care promotes healing – research demonstrates that patients heal more quickly and comfortably at home versus in a hospital or nursing home setting and there is slightly less chance of re-hospitalization when recuperation is at home.
More for your money
According to the Genworth Annual Cost of Care Survey, on average, the annual cost to stay in a nursing home far exceeds the annual cost of home care. A good rule across the board is that eight hours a day or less of home care will be less expensive than moving elsewhere. Many people fail to realize that nursing home care and other types of long-term care, including long-term home care, are not covered by Medicare. However, if you are qualified, Medicaid may cover home care costs.
Providing peace of mind
Home care services are delivered one- on-one assuring more private attention than in a nursing home or a facility. Also, using a home care agency that carefully screens and trains all caregivers and provides ongoing supervision can help provide families with peace of mind that their loved ones are in good hands.
Assurance of a healthy lifestyle
A home caregiver can be effective in promoting and ensuring a healthy lifestyle. Home caregivers produce healthy and nutritional meals that appeal to the individual. In addition, a personalized daily exercise program can be implemented and followed through with the added safety of a qualified professional being present.
Dignity + Independence = Higher quality of life
In-home care fosters dignity and independence, these are important ingredients for a happy lifestyle. Home care can offer personalized care tailored to the needs of the family and individual on any given day whether the needs are as simple as companionship or more complex, such as personal care. With the additional benefit of accompaniment on transportation to and from various appointments, social activities or errands, home care allows families more free time together.
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