A loved one's medical condition can make it too difficult for him or her to live alone without some type of living assistance. A home health care agency can help. Here are a few ways home health care may be able to benefit you and your family:
Your loved one is able to remain in his or her own home.
Health problems alone can be traumatic. However, when a person is forced to leave his or her home because he or she can no longer safely live alone, it can be demoralizing.
Home care allows patients to continue to enjoy the familiarity of their home and still receive the care that they need, so that being homesick is less likely to cause a decline in their health.
Home care is less expensive than a skilled nursing facility.
Even if your family condones inpatient care for your loved one, the cost of room and board can make it difficult to afford the care provided in an institutional setting.
Medications stay on schedule at home.
If your loved one's physician has prescribed a large number of medications, it may be easy for staff members at a nursing home or hospital to keep track of all of the medicines and administer them on time. However, it can be difficult for family members to keep a loved one's medication in order in a home environment.
Nevertheless, a home care aid is also able to maintain a suitable drug administration schedule while your loved one remains at home. Thus, overdoses and negative drug interactions are less likely outside of the clinical environment.
Hiring home care help through an agency is safer.
Home care agencies usually require background checks for their workers. You can be more confident that the aid does not have a violent criminal past that could place your loved one and his or her valuables at risk inside his or her home.
Unlike family members who have other obligations and may not be able to come to your loved one's home, home health staff are paid to provide care. Thus, they are usually quite reliable. Still, even the most dependable workers sometimes get sick or have unforeseen emergencies. In such cases, the agency is able to provide a replacement or substitute worker so that your loved one's at-home care remains uninterrupted. Your loved one does not have to be moved elsewhere because someone fails to show up. He or she can remain peacefully at home.
If your loved one needs living assistance, you may be considering home care. Contact an agency in your area to learn more about home-based care and how it can benefit your loved one.