Benefits of Home Care, pt 2
Home care means personalized care, delivered to elders, in the privacy and comfort of their own home.
At Home Care Partners, we have been approached by many staff members wanting to provide more one on one care. Staff are looking for the ability to provide more meaningful, individualized, and personalized care services to seniors. Their previous work environment may have been overloaded with patients, which did not allow them to really spend any meaningful time with their assigned elders. These dedicated homecare workers decided to move in to an environment where they can exclusively focus on 1 – 2 seniors, as opposed to being assigned 15 – 20 cases on a floor. Care becomes a one-to-one proposition in the home. Elderly parents receive private, personalized care. You get this nowhere else.
Home care often gets the entire family involved in providing care. There is value to sharing the tasks related to homecare. It can minimize the burden, while including family and friends with specific tasks or scheduled time of care. Local or extended family members can often take an active role at different times of the day. Socialization is also a huge issue for seniors. My parents were fortunate to have a neighbor down the street who would stop by 3-5 days per week simply to say “hello”.
Home care reduces the stress that often accompanies illness. For many elders, the ability to remain in the comfort of home is a huge relief when the other option is to temporarily or permanently re-locate into a new living environment. Seniors can sleep in their own bed. Watch their own television. Seniors know where all the light switches are located, where all the over-the-counter medications are located in the bathroom. An illness can create or increase some anxiety, worry and stress. But these elements are not nearly as great when care is practiced in the secure environs of home.
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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