When you get to a certain age, a little bit of help is required. Whether it’s for a gentle reminder to take medication or an extra hand when preparing meals, this type of care is something that most seniors could benefit from at one point or another. While nursing homes have, up until recently, been the most common way for seniors to receive this additional help, having an in-home caregiver has proven to be so much more beneficial.
In today’s blog, the team at Wilson Care is going to cover a few of the advantages of choosing an in-home care company over a nursing home. Let’s dive in.
Better Quality Relationship
One of the primary reasons that this form of care is so much better than placing your loved one in a nursing home is because of the quality of the relationship that they’ll have with their caregiver. When you think about the number of individuals that are living in a nursing home and factor in the number of nurses, it’s easy to see how both parties would struggle with creating quality relationships. This is only one of the reasons that in-home care is a much better option.
Receiving care isn’t always easy for seniors to do, but it becomes just a little bit easier when they’re being cared for by someone they know personally. When it comes to more personal forms of care, like hygiene, this can genuinely make all the difference in how comfortable someone feels with the care they’re receiving.
As we just finished mentioning, the relationship between a caregiver and a patient is something special. That being said, that’s not the only reason that in-home care can be socially beneficial. Companionship is yet another way that in-home care can prove to be beneficial for senior citizens in need of some additional assistance.
Depression is a common concern with seniors. Even though nursing homes may feel like a social setting, there’s no way to tell how one person will react to that setting versus the next. Choosing in-home care can provide your loved one with the companionship that they need to beat the chances of depression. In most cases, in-home caregivers and patients create extremely strong bonds.
It shouldn’t be too surprising that familiarity is one of the many benefits of hiring in-home care for a loved one. In most cases, stability with both routine and location has proven to be extremely beneficial for seniors that are sick or struggling with their health. The emotional challenge of leaving a long-time home or routine is no easy feat, and the body can suffer from such drastic changes.
Rather than taking your loved one out of their home or away from their family and friends, this method of care allows them to continue living their life as though nothing has changed. Being able to spend this chapter of their life in the place they call home can make a world of difference to their wellbeing and happiness.
A nursing home is by no means a prison, but it certainly does steal some form of freedom and independence from seniors. In some instances, seniors could benefit from some additional help, but are also still entirely capable of living a good portion of their life on their own. If that is the case for your loved one, you could be doing more damage by placing them in a nursing home. In these types of instances, it is so much better to invest in quality care when they need it the most and allow them to maintain their lifestyle to their best ability otherwise.
Aside from allowing your loved one to enjoy their freedom, it has been shown that independence can promote mental and emotional health. The more active that a mind is, the less likely it is to deteriorate, which can make a world of difference in old age.
Providing your loved one with the care that they deserve shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. Unfortunately, in the case of most nursing homes, it does. To the surprise of most, in-home care can be much more affordable, especially for long-term cases. Depending on the conditions of your loved one, in-home care may be the more affordable (and overall better) option. Whether you’re looking for care with a budget in mind or you know that a care plan is going to be needed for a while, in-home care definitely wins in terms of affordability.
Contact Wilson Care
The benefits of hiring in-home care are endless for seniors, and Wilson Care would love to prove that to you. Our team has been fortunate enough to provide seniors in Honolulu with the quality care that they need. Take a moment to learn more about our in-home care services. If you feel like this would be a good fit for your loved one, contact us today, and we would be more than happy to provide you with additional information and get you taken care of.