According to a 2006 AARP study on receiving care at home versus in an assisted living facility, when given the option, 89% of those surveyed not surprisingly preferred to receive care in the comfort of their own home. Understanding when home care is appropriate (and when it isn’t) is important when choosing among the numerous long-term care options available.
Contrary to popular belief, The Aging in Place Initiative reports that only a small percentage of seniors move to warmer climates upon retirement, and fewer than 5% of those 65 and older live in nursing homes. Most retirees choose to age in place in the communities that that have lived in for years.
About.com Senior Health notes that seniors who do decide to move into nursing homes and assisted living facilities typically do not require complex medical care, but have difficulty taking care of their personal needs. Sadly, many seniors experience depression in nursing homes, many seeing them as a place to await death. However, if specialized medical attention isn’t a necessity, home care may be a good option. Here are a few things to consider when faced with recuperative needs:
What is the financial situation of the care recipient? Can he/she afford to pay out of pocket for care or is there an existing insurance plan in place that might cover home care costs?
- What support systems are in place for the care recipient? Are family members, friends, or neighbors available and willing to assist with care when needed?
- What is the physical and mental state of the care recipient? Is it feasible that the individual can remain at home given future prognoses?
- Can the individual get out of a chair or bed on his or her own? Does he or she need assistance toileting? These are crucial questions as someone who needs help in these areas will require constant supervision and care will be charged hourly, 24/7.
For most seniors without complicated medical conditions, in-home care can help them receive the care they need without having to move. Home care services can include:
- Housekeeping and meal preparation
- Non-medical personal care, like bathing, dressing, or getting around the house
- Health and medical care, such as nurse, home health aide, or physical therapist
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If you have questions about which model of long-term care is right for you or for a loved one, contact Occazio Home Care today. We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.