a discerning relative or close friend should weigh the benefit of placing a loved one in a facility or keeping him/her at home in a familiar surrounding.
A facility cannot provide one on one care to your loved ones given the ratio of staff to residents. It is good enough if they have 10 resident to an aide; not when it is 20 resident to an aide. It may take a couple of hours for your loved ones to get cleaned up from urine or feces, bathe or shaved or be attended to when needed. A demanding senior will be frustrated or lose willingness to live in a given scenario. It is no wonder that the average life span of senior living in a nursing home is a median of less than 6 months, according to a study published at the Journal of American Geriatrics Society.
So, what can care at home do for me and my family?
- Home care encourages freedom and independence for the elderly. They can continue to maintain their preferred lifestyle with some assistance. None of them would want to be dependent and helpless.
- Home care keeps families together. Family members can be taught to participate in their health care which is important in times of illness or convalescence.
- Home care promotes healing and reduces stress. Scientific evidence shows that patient heals faster and feels less stressed out in a home environment.
- Home care is safer and improves quality of life. The incidence of developing complications or risk infection is lesser in a home environment than in a hospital or facility. Seniors receiving care at home have higher rate of satisfaction with life.
- Home care is personalized, one on one care. It is tailored to the needs of the senior.
- Home care extends life and delays institutionalization. Living and staying home in a familiar surrounding, around things that evoke memories help seniors not only medically, spiritually but also emotionally. With that, seniors strive to remain healthy to be able to stay in their own homes for as long as they can.
- Home care is provided by a special group of people: warm, loving, compassionate, caring and more, who oftentimes will go out of their way to make sure the senior is safe, happy and comfortable.
Now it is time for you to do your home work and work on your checklist.