There are a number of options available at your disposal that will allow for the care of an elderly loved one's health. Hospices and assisted living centers are frequently invoked options, but one possibility that is sometimes overlooked is home health care. There are numerous reasons why home health care might be beneficial for both you and your loved one. This brief article will discuss a few of them.
Home health care means that, for a vast majority of the time, you will be caring for your loved one yourself, inside of your own home. This translates to a markedly less expensive approach to taking care of your loved one. You pay for the time that a home health nurse or aide visits your home, and not for any time longer. This also means you are not paying an assisted living center a rather high fee for amenities that you probably already have in your own home, such as television, radio, and, of course, a kitchen.
In an assisted living home, your loved one will be looked after at all times. In a home health setting, that is simply not an option. As such, nurses and aides that visit your home will look to ways of instilling independence in your elderly loved one. They will guide him or her to do as much for themselves as they possibly can. This means that nurses and aides will guide your loved one through the motions of feeding themselves and using the rest room. They will also feel more at home in a residence that they can call their own.
Institutions like assisted living centers are quite safe. However, since it is an institution for the chronically ill and the elderly generally have weakened immune systems, sickness may be an issue your loved one will have to deal with. In the confines of their own home, they will not have to worry about such matters. Home health nurses and aides are also quite thorough about providing a clean and sterile service to their patients.
Home health services can provide a quality alternative to placing your loved one in an assisted living center or other type of "home." Although both have their advantages, home health care can provide a certain degree of independence and familial solidarity that such homes cannot provide. Hopefully, this article has given you some insight into the world of home health care for the elderly.