In-home care for the elderly as compared to assisted living, institutionalization and hospitalization has many benefits. These benefits affect both the elderly and their caregivers. While there are many reasons why in-home care is the most preferred elderly care by the American public, some of the most significant and advantageous are:
- Quality of Life: Allowing your loved one to receive care in the comfort of his or her home will directly impact his or her quality of life. Moving to an assisted living center or hospital will cause a loss of independence that may damage your loved one's self-esteem. They could feel helpless, ashamed or even trapped. Actually, research proves that patients heal faster at home. In-home care could also prevent or postpone institutionalization. This option allows your loved one to maintain that degree of freedom while also receiving the assistance he or she needs.
- Prevention of Caregiver Burnout: Many times family members provide care to their elderly loved ones because they want them to remain in their own home. By the time most parents need extra care, their children or siblings already have jobs, children and social lives of their own. This could cause the caregiver to become overwhelmed and over-committed. Private in-home care maintains the benefits of in-home care while also giving the caregiver more time for him or herself. In-home care is paid for on an as needed basis, meaning that a family member can still provide care some days of the week while an in-home care agency provides a caregiver for the other days of the week.
- Increased Family Time: Increased family time goes hand in hand with preventing caregiver burnout. Contracting a private in-home caregiver will give your family more opportunity for quality time. This allows the family member who was the former caregiver the ability to spend more time with his or her parent rather than worrying about chores and tasks.
- Personalized Care: In-home care is catered to your elderly loved one's needs. It is specifically tailored to his or her physical limitations, wants and needs, and familial assistance.
- Affordability: In-home care is less expensive than many other elderly assistance options. As compared to long-term inpatient hospitalization, in-home care costs are almost minute. As discussed above, your caregiver will only work when he or she is needed too, meaning when your loved one doesn't need assistance you won't pay anything.
If an elderly person in your life needs extra care and attention, consider Home by Choice, the only locally owned and operated private home-care agency in the Gainesville area.