There will come a time where we will all be faced with the decision on what type of care to provide for our loved ones as they age. As individuals age, a new level of care becomes necessary. Individuals who at one point were very independent can require assistance after an onset of an illness or just the natural process of aging. As these changes take place, the question that is often asked is, should the individual age in a nursing home or can he or she age at home? While nursing homes offer our seniors safe solutions in respect to medical needs, aging at home may be the better solution. To determine which is best for you, there are a couple of things to think about, including your loved one’s daily living activities, his or her health, time, and financial situation, to name a few.
A survey by AARP showed that nine out of ten seniors have expressed the desire to remain in their homes. Why is that? It is likely due to the fact that they are attached to the home, as well as they want to be close to friends, family, and neighbors. Aging at home provides the type of comfort that they might not be able to find in a traditional nursing home. They are in familiar surroundings and do not have to leave behind all the memories.
Another study also found that individuals who received in-home care visited the doctor 25% less than those those who did not receive in-home care. Those with Alzheimers or dementia made 50% less trips to the doctor.
So, what are the benefits of in-home care? Home care is less expensive than a permanent facility. A permanent facility can cost you about $6,500 a month. At Infinity Health Care Services, we understand how costly this can be. That is why we work with our families to ensure you’re only paying for the services you need. For example, most agencies will not come out for an hour to check on mom or dad and make sure they took their meds or even had breakfast. We understand that these are your loved ones, and our goal is grant you peace of mind. Infinity Health Care Services will go out to check on mom in the morning, and if you desire, we will also take an hour in the evening to make sure she has eaten and taken her meds. We will tidy up her room and make sure she is tucked away for bed. What a relief that is for you. Now you’re not spending thousands of dollars for hours of care that is not needed. Only pay for the hours that are needed. As mom progresses in her needs, we can always add on additional hours of care.
When you allow seniors to age in the comfort of their own homes, it increases their ability to heal, their ability to be mentally sharp, provides them with a higher quality of life, and gives them a sense of dignity throughout their later years. With a proper care plan, seniors generally remain in their homes longer and enjoy all the benefits of aging at home.
There are a variety of benefits in choosing in home care verses nursing home. You save money, develop a sense of independence for mom or dad, and assist him or her to stay connected in the community. You also enjoy increased flexibility in your schedule and the peace of providing the one-on-one care your loved one needs. Here at Infinity Health Care Services, we keep in communication with family members and primary care physicians. Through the report of the caregiver and our nurses, we ensure everyone is involved with the care plan of your loved one. We all work together to make sure they get the care that they need.
Nursing homes provide round-the-clock care to their residents while helping them with daily activities such as grooming, bathing, eating and so forth. You will find that some come in a large setting while others are smaller settings. Most of the time, the living situations in these homes can include over 100 residents! They often include two or more meals a day, assistance with laundry, cleaning, and more. Most of the time, your loved one has multiple caregivers, so there are few opportunities to bond. In some nursing homes you might have to room with others, and we all know this can be unpleasant for someone who is very private.
The cost of a nursing home vs. in-home care can be fairly significant, depending on the needs of your loved one and the amount of hours required. In-home care gives you the ability to work with your agency and come up with a plan that is designed to work with your family’s budget. Infinity Health Care Services works closely with families to decrease the stress on families by providing them with just what they need. For instance, if dad just had knee surgery, he does not need special medical care. He just needs some physical therapy at home and an in-home care giver to come for a couple of hours and assist with light housekeeping and meal prep. We can be there for him until he is back on his feet, and if he needs us after that, we can be there!
Now that we have given you a general picture, it is time to find the balance for everyone. Is that possible? Not really. Not everyone can be happy all the time, but making a wise choice based on what you have learned and your loved one’s needs is essential. Pick up your phone and call Infinity Health Care Services. Our professionals are here to help guide you in the way that is best for you and your loved one. You don’t view your loved ones as dollars and cents, so why should we? They are after all, our mom and dad. Please give us a call today at (267) 799-4486.