Elderly Parents Benefit by Staying at Home
Benefits of Home Care
There are significant benefits to seniors remaining in their own homes. Some are tangible, such as the high financial costs of a facility versus living at home. But, there are also many intangible, emotional, benefits to elderly parents who can remain in their home with some home assistance.
Home care helps seniors maintain their independence. Home care allows seniors to continue to live in the place they function best – their home. At Home Care Partners, our “care engagement” philosophy is to allow the senior to continue to engage in all household functions in which they are physically and mentally able. If an elder is unsafe or unable to properly cook a meal, our care staff will prepare and serve. But we may insist that the elder get up and walk to the table to eat. In this case, our staff has assisted with the meal preparation and clean-up, but has not “catered” to the client. Getting up to the table requires their movement, which provides some exercise for muscle groups and mobility.
Home care helps promote healing. Medical evidence shows that people recover more quickly at home. An elder is in his/her normal environment. Undoubtedly, they can get a better night’s rest than in a strange bed – in a noisy facility.
Home care can prevent (or postpone) institutional life. Living in a long-term care facility is unfamiliar and can often be intimidating. Without question, in many cases institutional care facilities may be the single most appropriate living environment for seniors needing special, or specific attention. But it is rare to have a senior actively lobby for a change from home to institutional living. We see many elderly who simply succumb to depression after moving out of the home. Home is where the heart is, and in the overwhelming majority of cases, home is where the senior prefers to live.
Home care helps keep families together. Compare this to taking an elderly person away from their loved ones. There can be a significant void in the home environment. At no time is family more important than during times of illness.
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John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions.
Phone: (781) 378-2164