Benefits of Home Care: 7 Reasons to Keep Your Senior Loved One at Home

When evaluating all your care options, it’s important to consider the benefits of home care. In this article, I outline 7 reasons why home care is the ideal option for many families.

1. Comfort of Home

The familiar smell of coffee brewing in the kitchen in the early morning hours. The beloved chair with a clear indentation from all the years of use–a perfect place to read the daily newspaper. The backyard garden currently growing zucchini and squash.

You fill in the blank. What would your senior loved one miss most about the place they call home if they had to leave.

Seniors tend to thrive when they age in place. That’s why allowing them to remain where they want to be with all that is familiar is often considered one of the top benefits of home care.

2. Feeling of Independence

When seniors age in place, they are more likely to maintain a feeling of independence. This is important for them both physically and mentally.

Furthermore, adult children find it’s easier to implement necessary restrictions when the senior feels a general sense of control and freedom. In contrast, taking all sense of control and freedom away at once can result in a lot of bitterness and strained relationships.

3. Family Involvement

Obviously, one of the greatest benefits of home care is that it provides a way for the family to stay together. With the right caregivers, the family can go back to being the family. This leads to more happiness and better relationships in the senior’s final years.

4. More Affordable

Nursing homes can get very costly–beyond the means of most families. Having an in-home caregiver allows the family to cut a lot of costs.

According to the Genworth 2013 cost of care survey, the average cost for a private room in a nursing home is $230 per day. Costs for home care can vary. Typical agency costs can range from $21-$25 per hour. CareFamily provides the best of both worlds in home care, giving families all the protections of an agency with the cost savings of a private hire. You can read more about our protection package and pricing here.

5. Health Benefits

Many seniors who age in place are able to stay physically healthy much longer. We have received several testimonials from thankful families, saying their loved one’s health dramatically improved due to home care. The familiarity of home and family reduces stress for the senior and gives them clarity in their daily activities.

6. Peace of Mind

As an organization committed to providing excellent home care services, we take your peace of mind very seriously. One of the benefits of home care is that it allows you to live your life, resting assured that your parent, grandparent, sister or brother, husband or wife, is getting the care they need.

7. Greater Flexibility

Life happens. Over time, a senior may need multiple caregivers or a caregiver who can provide more hands-on care. The great thing about a home care service like CareFamily is that we will work with you as your needs develop.

In many cases, a senior starts with companionship care for a few hours a day. In a few years, that same senior might need live-in care with a caregiver who is available day and night. Whatever your needs might be, one of the benefits of home care is that it can accommodate almost any schedule and need.

Have you experienced the benefits of home care?

If you have already seen the benefits of home care first hand, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below. If you have yet to make a decision on what is the ideal solution for you and your family, feel free to give us a call at (877) 444-4112. We love being able to direct families in the right direction.