According to several recent AARP studies and publications, 75–90 percent of Americans aged 65 or older wish to remain at home as long as they can.

Would you agree that this speaks volumes about how our seniors want to spend their remaining years? Is it a viable solution to several problems—depending, of course, on the elder’s health and available resources?

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of at-home health care.

1. Companionship

Let’s face it. Seniors can get very lonely, even depressed. Most no longer have jobs, a fair percentage are widowed, and most have empty nests. Plus, many are not physically able to leave the house without help.

There is little question that at-home care can help remedy this situation, whether it’s sharing a meal, running errands together. Or simply enjoying a TV show in each other’s company. The difference is palpable.

2. Sense of Independence

Along with companionship, many seniors miss the degree of responsibility they once felt in their home, work, and community lives. Relying on family and friends can make people worry about seeming ineffectual or even lazy.

Paying a professional home healthcare aide is different. Doing this offers a sense of what we would call “gentle control,” meaning the ability to approach one’s circumstances with poise, grace, and personal dignity.

3. Relieves Family Caregivers

Most family members are happy to enjoy time with aging parents, grandparents, and others. However, doing some tasks that are unpleasant or depressing can take a toll when there are no breaks from it.

Home health and companion care is an excellent solution. A provider with the appropriate skills and training can handily care for your relative while you relax and enjoy the company of others.

4. Reduces the Need for Emergency Hospital Visits

Seniors living alone sometimes try doing things that are a little too ambitious and end up getting hurt—sometimes severely enough to need to go to the ER. Sometimes by ambulance.

Many of these emergency trips could be avoided by using at-home care services.

5. Prevents or Delays the Need for Nursing Home Care

A time comes for many of our elders when relocating to a nursing home is the best choice. Continuous care might be the only feasible option.

Still, there are many cases where nursing home care might be prevented or at least delayed by the presence of at-home caregivers. Examples of types of care that are too often overlooked include:

  • Preventing falls
  • Giving medication reminders and making sure they eat
  • Monitoring blood pressure and other vital signs
  • Providing companionship

In other words, it’s about doing small things to help keep people healthy in their homes.

The Comfort of Home (Health Care)

The most significant benefit of home health care is that the person most directly affected by the decision can stay at home. There often is no need to deal with the upset of moving to an unfamiliar place in their later years.

Even those who eventually end up in a nursing home, though, will have enjoyed living in their homes longer than would have been possible without the help of at-home health care.

Contact us today to learn more about the types and benefits of home health care from Crane Home Care.