There are many levels of care available to seniors looking for assistance as they age. As indicated by this chart from SeniorLiving.Org, in-home senior care can cover all levels of care and supervision, while still remaining one of the lowest cost options.
In addition to the lower cost, utilizing home care can provide numerous other benefits, such as providing highly personalized care. With care available from one hour a day up to 24 hours a day, in-home care can provide you with just the right amount of assistance, without hindering you or your loved one’s independence. It also allows you to have an aide working with you one-on-one, whereas, in a nursing home, the state regulations require only one CNA per 20 patients, with a minimum of 2 nurse’s aides working at one time.
Another benefit of having care in the home is being able to remain in a familiar environment. Medical research has shown that receiving medical care and support in the home promotes faster recovery, improves outcomes and increases the patient’s overall physical and psychological well-being.
In-home care also provides a benefit to the family and primary caregivers of loved ones by providing respite care. Many family members want to be available to assist their loved one in a time of need, but the time commitment and emotional toll can become overwhelming. In cases such as these, having an agency to provide home care and allow the family member to have some personal time can make all the difference.
When making a decision about what type of care is best for you or your loved one, there are many factors to take into account such as the level of care required, finances, and personal preferences. It is important that you make the best decision based on your individual situation and not allow yourself to be swayed by external pressures. If you find yourself overwhelmed by the choice at hand, contacting your local Area Agency on Aging, speaking with your physicians, or even contacting a Geriatric Care Manager may be advisable.