Why Is Home Care Preferred Over Care in a Facility?

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As we age, many of us will need additional assistance with everyday tasks. For some, the need for that assistance may come after a major surgery or when recovering from an accident or illness. For others, assistance with daily activities may be necessary to remain at home.  However, most seniors desire to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Finding what kind of care we need can be challenging, and often home care isn’t presented as a solution. Here’s why home care is something that should always be considered.

One-on-One Care

Many assisted living facilities are not set up to provide one-on-one care.  Home care allows you or your loved one to build a tailored care plan with your home care provider, setting specific tasks, personal care, and activities that the caregiver will perform during each visit.  Through ongoing care coordination, this care plan adapts to the seniors’ changing needs, often leading to better health outcomes for the seniors.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s’ Disease.  One-on-care at home is a great option for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other dementia.  Familiarity and one-to-one care lead to higher engagement, which can have a significant impact on slowing or reducing cognitive decline.  Many in-home care providers have specially trained dementia caregivers.  

Greater Independence

Admitting help is needed can be difficult for you or your loved one. Home caregivers provide the ability to retain independence for as long as possible while still receiving the help needed with things like meal prep, personal care, dementia care, medication management, and more. 

Greater Comfort

Change is typically very difficult for seniors, especially a change as drastic as moving out of their home. Often, seniors become more isolated when moving into large communities or facilities.  They miss the comforts of their own home and familiar surroundings. With the help of caregivers, seniors can stay at home while receiving the additional assistance needed.

If you’re ready to get started with a home care provider or simply have questions about the various options available to seniors, look no further than Home Instead. Contact us today for more information about our experienced, highly-trained caregivers and the services we provide. We would be honored to speak with you and share more about our services.

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