Home Care: A Benefit for the Senior in Your Life

As baby boomers enter their retirement years, the need for senior care has started to expand. This is especially true for home care and home health care, as approximately 12 million people in the U.S. require some form of these home based care services. The term Home care is used to distinguish non-medical care or custodial care, which is care that is provided by persons who are not nurses, doctors, or other licensed medical personnel, as opposed to home health care that is provided by licensed personnel. When discussing both forms of at home care services it is important to point out the benefits of letting an elderly loved one remain in their own home. Below are a few reasons to consider home care services for the senior in your life

Mental and Emotional Benefits

According to recent studies the mental benefits of home care can be unbelievable for some seniors. As a person ages, they frequently don’t feel like going out as much as they once did. The senior might not drive anymore and their social circle shrinks to only family members. Often the senior starts to feel cut off from the outside world and these feelings of isolation often lead to depression. Home care can provide a much-needed social interaction and the ability to communicate with others. Frequently strong bonds form between the home care worker and the senior. The home care worker becomes a valuable link for senior to the outside world.

Monetary Benefits

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) reports that Medicare typically pays nearly $2,000 per day for an average hospital stay and $559 per day for a nursing home, but the cost of home care is around $44 dollars per day. Home health care and traditional home care can serve as a cost-effective alternative to the often higher prices other senior living options and extended hospital stays offer.

Physical Benefits

When living alone in their home, seniors can sometimes feel overwhelmed with common chores around the house as well as dealing with other medical issues. A home caregiver evaluates the needs of the senior and works to make sure they are fulfilled. Home care workers can provide housekeeping, cooking and transportation to improve the quality of life for the senior. As far as medical needs, home health care nurses can assist your loved one with a wide range of social and health needs or “skilled services” such as nursing, social services, and therapeutic treatments (physical, speech, occupational therapy).

Many elderly people benefit financially, emotionally, physically and mentally when they remain in their home and maintain their independent lifestyle for as long as possible. The overall benefit of having your loved one remain in their own home can be priceless and should be investigated. New LifeStyles is yourguide for senior living and care options in your area. For more information on where to find home care or home health care services click here.