As we age, our bodies slow down and we just aren’t as quick as we’d like to be. Our bones begin to thin and falling becomes a day-to-day worry. If you have reached a point in your life where you aren’t sure that it is safe for you to be alone, you may want to explore home care.
It is a wonderful thing when your family is able to be on hand to care for you. Sons, daughters, even nieces, nephews and close friends of the family are often available to take you to a doctor’s visit or to help you get groceries once in a while. After asking the same person to help you a few times, it often becomes harder to ask, as you feel bad for taking up so much of your loved ones’ time, yet you still have a need for help. This is where home health care comes in to play.
Home health care companies employ compassionate individuals who are dedicated to helping senior citizens maintain quality of life in the setting of their own home. Some of the benefits of home care are:
- Needs assessment by an LPN or a Registered Nurse – When a home health
company opens a case with you, they will send a nurse to your home to assess your needs. The nurse examines you and depending on how functional he or she determines you to be, you will be assigned a certain amount of hours of help.
- An individualized set schedule for your in-home help to be with you – Knowing that you will have help at critical times during the day, such as meals, bathing times, or doctor’s visits, can be a great relief.
- Clinical assessment and treatment planning – The nurses will visit you as often as needed, determining how your treatment should change as you progress.
- Personal freedom – Receiving help in your own home enables you to maintain
control of your life. Your life is still your own.
- Safety while bathing and cooking – Getting older can mean finding things like bathing and cooking too difficult to do alone. A home health aide can help you with these daily activities enabling you to choose your own diet and feel safe while maintaining your personal hygiene.
- Save money – Nursing homes or assisted living facilities can be quite costly. Home health care is a fraction of the cost of a nursing home or assisted facility. According to a study performed by Metlife.com national rates for an individual room in a nursing home have risen to an average annual rate of $83,000.00. The same services performed in home cost just $21,840 annually.
- Frequent companionship – Loneliness is a common problem for senior citizens. It can lead to depression for some. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2004 16% of suicides occurred in those over 65 years of age. Home health is a wonderful way to combat loneliness.
- Less stress on your family – When you have consistent help, your family can breathe a little easier.
- Healing is enhanced and risk of infections reduced – Home health care keeps you out of germ infested hospitals and nursing homes. Being in your own environment promotes your well being.