What are the benefits of Home Care?
Home care has many benefits compared to the two most common approaches to senior care – residential facilities and family care giving. While caring for a loved one can be rewarding, it is often extremely challenging for the untrained family caregiver.
1. Home care is delivered at home.
Our home is our castle, our refuge from the storm. When we are happy we go home to celebrate. When we are not feeling well we seek the sanctity of our home and the comfort of being with loved ones.
2. Home care keeps families together.
There is no more important social value. It is particularly important in times of illness.
3. Home care helps the elderly maintain their independence.
None of us wants to be totally dependent and helpless. With some assistance, seniors can continue to maintain their preferred lifestyle.
4. Home care prevents or postpones institutionalization.
No one wants to be placed in a nursing home unless this is the only place where we can obtain the total, 24-hour care that we need.
5. Physician ordered Home Healthcare may shorten your stay in a hospital or rehabilitation-allowing you to return home faster where you can continue to heal.
6. Home care promotes healing.
There is much scientific evidence that patients heal more quickly at home.
7. A visit to the hospital is the exception rather than the rule.
Home care represents the best tradition in American health care. Most health care has always been given in the home.
8. Home care is safer.
For all of its lifesaving potential, some 20% of the people who enter a hospital develop a complication such as an infection. The incidence of such risks at home is near zero.
9. Home care encourages freedom of choice for the individual.
A hospital, of necessity, is a regimented, regulated environment. The same is true of a nursing home.
10. Home care is personalized care.
Home care is tailored to the needs of each individual. It is delivered one-on-one. Patients enjoy the companionship of their loved ones and pets.
12. The patient and family are taught to participate in their health care.
Home care, by definition, involves the individual and the family in the care that is delivered.
13. Home care reduces stress.
Unlike most forms of health care, which can increase anxiety and stress, home care has the opposite effect.
14. Home care is the most effective form of health care.
There is a very high consumer satisfaction associated with care delivered in the home.
15. Home care is given by special people.
By and large, home care nurses and aides look at what they do as a calling not as a job. They tend to find more motivation from the satisfaction and gratitude of their clients than the monetary compensation they receive.
16. Home care is the only way to reach some people.
In many of the rural parts of North America or dense urban areas, home care is the only form of health care available. Nurses and aides visit patients in remote areas on horseback or by jeep. In urban areas they may be accompanied by armed guards to bring their healing mission into high-crime areas.
17. Home care extends life.
Studies by schools of nursing and by government agencies established beyond a doubt that home care extends longevity. The visits by home care personnel help people not only medically but spiritually.
18. Home care improves the quality of life.
Home care not only helps add years to life, but also life to years. Studies in the US and abroad show that those receiving home care have higher rates of satisfaction with life.
19. Home care is the most efficient form of health care.
Home care is personalized: it uses the patient’s own home, instructs the patient, enlists the patient’s family as caregivers, cuts down on expensive travel to hospitals, and minimizes expensive hospital stays.
20. Home care is less expensive than other forms of care.
The evidence from studies around the world (including massive new studies in Canada), demonstrate that home care is always far less expensive than hospitalization and almost always less costly than comparable placement in a nursing home.
21. Technology increasingly makes home care the preferred mode of health care delivery.
Telemedicine, a spin-off of the space program, is making tremendous in roads. The Internet makes possible to diagnose, monitor and treat illness at a distance-in patient’s homes.
22. Home care is the preferred form of health care for the infirm and disabled.
Home care is preferred by a margin of 90% over comparable institutional care by individuals who are infirm. Individuals who are facing terminal illness are increasingly electing a form of home care known as hospice.