What is In-Home Care and What Are the Benefits?

In-home senior care may be a great way to ensure that your loved one is taken care of in the comfort of their own home.  But what is it? By definition in-home care is a wide range of care services that can be offered in a client’s home.  Many seniors, other adults, and their families choose in-home care vs nursing home facilities because they want to maintain a sense of independence, and continue living in the home that they have worked hard to build over the course of a lifetime. A home is more than just a structure after all.  Many of us have memories that are attached to our home, and in-home care gives seniors and others adults the ability to stay where they are comfortable.

In-home care is often times more cost effective than traditional nursing home facilities.  The average cost of in-home care in the United States is just over $40,000 a year.  This number may seem like a lot but it is not when you compare it to the average yearly cost of nursing home facilities at $65,000 a year.  As I mentioned previously this cost is going to vary depending on state.

Another benefit of in-home care providers is most provide respite care services.  Respite care services provide temporary relief to the families of seniors and other adults who have obligations outside of their caregiving responsibilities.  Respite care is a great way for families to get the rest they need to be able to perform the task of being a family caregiver.  Why is respite care important? Respite care is important because providing in-home care to family members can be one of the most challenging tasks in the world.  Check out this article on AARP on the subject.

If you have a loved one who needs to be medication reminders most in-home care providers can assist.  In-home care providers can work with your senior loved one to make sure that they stay on top of the medication schedule throughout the day however most are not able to physically assist with helping a senior take the medication.  In-home caregivers can also help a senior with other tasks around the home such as light housekeeping and transportation services.

In my opinion one of the key benefits that in-home care provides to seniors and other adults compared to other care options available is their one on one support and attention to clients.  In-home care allows seniors and other adults to get to know their caregivers and build a relationship with them.  Most nursing home facilities are not able to provide such a personal experience to seniors and other adults in their care.

The last benefit of in-home care that I want to discuss is nutrition.  In-home care providers are starting to incorporate senior nutrition into their care plans.  Senior nutrition and exercise is a key component of senior health.  A few benefits of senior nutrition are increased energy, improved digestion, improved overall health, and can even help with depression.

Overall there are many key benefits to choosing in-home care for your loved one.  The benefits are more than just financial.  In-home care keeps seniors and other adults in their home, and that is a wonderful option for so many people.  If you are looking for an in-home care provider in your area one great place to start is on care.com. Care.com allows you to learn about in-home care providers in your area, and see reviews for other people who have used their services.  When you are looking for care for your loved one consider in-home care as an option.


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