When choosing senior care for your aging parent, you may be faced with the decision on whether you should move him/her into a nursing home or using home health care. In this article, we’ll share all of the benefits of home health care, so you can make a well-informed decision.
9 Benefits of Home Health Care
Home health care is beneficial for many reasons, but it does have it’s disadvantages, which you can read in our other articles – Disadvantages of Home Health Care Services. By considering both sides of home health care, you’ll be able to make the right choice for your older loved one.
For now, let’s dive into the benefits of home health care.
1. Fall Risk Reduction
With someone in the home caring for your older loved one, there’s less of a chance he/she will fall. Caregivers can help clients walk around the house without stumbling over something. They are right by their clients if they become unsteady on their feet as well.
2. Decrease in Hospital Readmissions
Studies show that people who recover from injury or surgery at home with skilled nursing care are less likely to go back to the hospital due to reinjury or worsening of a condition. This is because the home is a comfortable place where the senior is most happy, which can promote better healing.
3. Availability of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
In home health care services make it possible for seniors to have a physical therapist and/or occupational therapist come to the home for sessions. This decreases the risk of becoming sick or injured leaving the home and going to an office.
4. Medical Monitoring
Nurses and physicians who come to the home will take seniors’ vitals to ensure they are stable. This is important in preventing rehospitalization because if any levels are off, the healthcare provider can act on it in the home to stabilize the person.
5. Medication Management
During the home health care visit, the home health care aide will review medication to ensure it is being taken as prescribed. Any issues seniors report with the medication are considered and adjustments can be made during the appointment. A new prescription or a change in prescription can be called into the pharmacy.
6. Assistance with Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
Those who need Durable Medical Equipment (DME) to recover or for long term use often find themselves struggling to get used to it. A home health care agency can ensure someone comes to the home to explain and demonstrate how to use the equipment safely and effectively. This way when home health care services are no longer available, the senior already knows how to use it in their home.
7. Faster Recovery Times
Seniors who recover at home with skilled nursing care show faster progress than those who are at a skilled nursing facility. Mental health has a lot to do with recovery after injury or surgery, especially in the latter years of life.
8. Fewer People
Working with many different people on medical care isn’t something that many seniors enjoy doing. This is the type of care they receive in hospitals. When working with a home health care agency, it may be possible to request that the same group of people come to the home. This way the continuum of care remains consistent and seniors feel more comfortable with the health care they receive.
9. Medicare Coverage
Medicare will pay for home health care services as long as the senior qualifies for it. Who qualifies for home health care services? Well, it starts with being deemed homebound by the treating physician. You must also require skilled nursing care to treat the condition that has led to being homebound. You can learn more about what it takes for Medicare to cover home health care services by reading, “Who Qualifies for Home Health Care Services.”
Benefits of Home Health Care for Loved Ones
Seniors aren’t the only ones who benefit from home health care, their loved ones do too. The following are ways that family members can take advantage of home health care.
Respite Care for Loved Ones
While home health care services are temporary and short in duration, it’s something. The time when a healthcare provider is present, a loved one who is providing caregiving can take a break. This time away is extremely beneficial to caregivers, as the work of taking care of a senior can be exhausting mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Peace of Mind
Peace of mind is highly valuable. Home health care professionals provide that because they come to the senior’s home to ensure they are recovering well. This can help loved ones and the senior feel much better about being at home while their body recovers from the hospital stay.
No Moving = Easier
Anyone who has moved a senior from their home to a skilled nursing facility, assisted living center, or another senior care option knows how much work it is to get the person settled. When seniors are at home for their health care, there is nothing to move. What a relief that can be for family members!
Less Communication Needed
When seniors go to a skilled nursing facility, there are a few people who will manage their care. There’s the administrator, head nurse, doctors, and nursing aids. Loved ones may need to speak to a few different people to get the answer they need.
With home health care, loved ones can simply ask the person that comes to the home questions. This makes communication about the senior’s care much easier.
Home Health Care for Seniors and Loved Ones
As you make your decision about home care services for your aging parent or loved one, learn more about them in the article, “What Services Are Provided by Home Health Care”. The more you understand about home health care, the better you will feel about your decision.
This article was writen by Marcelina Hardy and was last updated on .