Did you know that there are over 10 percent of Americans who suffer with chronic disease and pain, and this small percentage of Americans account for over 70 percent of all of the medical costs in the United States? You may wonder why this statistic is relevant to at home health care. Home health care provides individuals with more benefits than simply keeping them comfortable in their homes. Although this type of care is not free, it is more affordable than a one day stay in a hospital. There are also other advantages to home health care.
In addition to being more affordable, patients who receive at home health care recover quicker than those who are admitted into hospitals. Mortality rates are also reduced among those who receive health care in their homes. This is why it should not be a surprise that over 90 percent of seniors prefer to receive care in the home instead of allowing their families to relocate them to an institution. By staying at home, families can remain intact while the senior maintains independence.
Socialization, Transportation and Other Services
Nursing care and affordability are not the only benefits that seniors and their families can enjoy with home health care. Meal preparation, transportation assistance, companionship, light housekeeping and laundry are just some of the other services that can be provided to seniors who receive health care services in the home. The care can be provided on as needed basis several times a week or around the clock care is an option for seniors who prefer the security of having someone in the home with them 24 hours a day.
Planning and Executing Elder Care Is a Team Effort
The agency advises and assists families when considering the needs of their elderly loved one. Caregivers can take advantage of resources in the area. An agency will work with the family to educate and inform them of options that can be implemented in their loved one’s home health care.
A RN from the home health agency can assist the family with different tasks such as:
- Advocating for the client and family members
- Creating a personalized care plan for the client
- Providing assistance with paperwork for Medicare, insurance and Medicaid
- Acting as a liaison for family members who live far away
There are many reasons why a home health agency is an excellent choice for aging seniors. If your loved one needs assistance with tasks and chores that have become too difficult, consider a home health agency.
Are you trying to meet the needs of an aging loved one? If you are in the Bellaire area, contact us for more information or to schedule a free assessment.