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Five Surprising Benefits of In-Home Senior Care

Posted by Michelle Cemental on May 29, 2015 4:42:00 PM

Elderly_Man_on_Couch-LRIt can be the biggest challenge of caring for an aging parent: deciding where and how they’ll receive care. Do they stay in their house, even as their mobility deteriorates and they lose the ability to be independent, or do they transition into a care facility? It’s enough to keep even the most decisive adult children up nights, mulling over the pros and cons ad nauseam. The stakes are higher than they’ve ever been when making such a decision, and you feel that no matter which way you go, you’ll wonder whether you did the right thing.

When it comes down to it, in-home care is preferable to an assisted living facility or nursing home in almost every way, including some ways you might not have considered. Read on to learn how.

  1. The comforts of home. The biggest and clearest reason to keep mom or dad in their own home is the word itself: home. Nowhere else is like it, from the kitchen table to the backyard to the familiarity of the pillows on the bed. And while it’s easy to guess how keeping an aging individual in a familiar environment might benefit their emotional state, did you know that the process of transitioning into a care facility can actually hasten mental and physical decline? The process is called regression, and it’s been widely documented in nursing care facilities around the country: a capable patient arrives at the facility, moves in, and in the first few weeks of residency loses or gives up the ability to do simple things for themselves that they were still able to do just weeks before.
  2. The personal touch. In addition to being able to enjoy a personalized environment, your aging loved one will benefit from receiving one-on-one nursing care from a skilled professional if they can stay in their own home. The nursing aide who works with your loved one will get to know his or her likes and dislikes, hobbies, and life story. The process of getting to know a new person in the comfort of their own home can turn over a new leaf for your loved one, who may enjoy the infusion of social time that having a live-in aide can bring. Instead of subsisting on their pet cat and whatever interactions they may have with their neighbors, your loved one will have the ability to chat whenever he or she wants. It can be an immediate mood lifter.
  3. Independence = Confidence. Your loved one has intimacy and proficiency with his or her own home that can’t be overstated—or overrated. She knows where the coffee filters are, and where the light switch is in the bathroom. He knows his neighbors’ names and is familiar with the sound of the neighborhood hustle and bustle. Everything is familiar, and at every turn there are simple things your loved one is able to do for themselves that can’t be replaced in an unfamiliar setting. Picking up new routines and learning how to function in a new environment gets more difficult as we age, so letting mom or dad remain at home lets them hang on to those skills they’ve accumulated over time.
  4. A family affair. In-home care often makes it easier for the family to stay actively involved in the caregiving process. Because the caregiver will interface directly with the family, the family has more communication, and therefore more control of how care is delivered. This increased family involvement can produce feelings of satisfaction and wellbeing in your loved one, who will feel cared for by family members.
  5. Peace of mind. It’s impossible to pin a dollar value on that feeling of relaxation and satisfaction. Mom or dad is being taken care of in the most comfortable, personal setting imaginable, the caregivers are in touch on a daily basis, and there’s no worrying about how your loved one is adjusting to a new place. That’s the greatest benefit to in-home care there is.

Now that you’ve explored the positive side of in-home nursing care, you still have a big decision ahead of you. Fortunately, this site is chock full of information to help you make informed choices as you move forward.

Topics: Homecare Industry