The Positive Impact of In-Home Care



(For more information on In-Home Care Services, contact Heart to Heart Homecare @ www.HearttoHeartHomecare.net)

As we enter our golden years, we may require extensive care. Families with elderly relatives inevitably ask themselves, “What’s the best way my loved one can stay at home with dignity and grace?”

Traditional options include skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, and — in the most dire situations — hospice centers. But many families are steering toward in-home care, when possible, in an effort to save money and protect the wellbeing of their loved ones.

What does in-home care for seniors cover?

Non-medical home care for seniors typically covers basic physical and psychological needs. Specifically, an elder receiving non-medical home care likely needs assistance with activities of daily living, or “ADLs”. These include tasks such as:

• Bathing and using the restroom; • Transportation to and from appointments and errands; • Basic housecleaning; • Preparing and cooking meals; • Personal hygiene, such as washing hair, shaving, and getting dressed; • Transferring to and from bed and other locations in the home; • Companionship (many seniors are simply lonely).

How does in-home care affect elderly health?

Non-medical in-home care for seniors can actually improve both physical and psychological well-being. For example, a caregiver in the home can remind seniors take their medication correctly and on time. In fact, individuals who don’t follow prescription instructions account for 33% of all drug-related hospital readmissions.

In-home caregivers can also help seniors from falling victim to a more subtle and nuanced condition — depression. When a senior experiences depression, it often interferes with basic body chemistry by causing insomnia, irregular eating habits, aches, headaches and fatigue. In some cases, depression makes seniors more likely to consider suicidal thoughts or actions.

In-home care helps address these issues and more by having someone in the home. A caregiver can help ensure seniors follow the recommendations of their physicians, avoid accidents in the home and serve as a personal healthcare advocate for the senior. Likewise, a caregiver for the elderly can collect information from the home than can then be reviewed by the senior’s clinical support network.

For more information on In-Home Care Services, especially in the San Antonio area, contact Heart to Heart Homecare. Visit their website at www.HearttoHearHomecare.net and call at 210-404-9373.

Submitted By: Heart to Heart Homecare

Phone Number: (210) 404-9373

Website: www.HearttoHearHomecare.net