Home Care Services Provide Choices for Seniors and Peace of Mind for Families
Education & Research While there is no silver bullet to the challenges that accompany an aging population, in-home personal care is emerging as a valuable and vital part of the solution.
In-home care can provide seniors with a choice about how and where they age while delivering peace of mind to family members. Home care helps Americans age with dignity and independence while remaining active, engaged members of their communities. This option fits in perfectly with the desires of many American seniors, who overwhelmingly want to remain in their homes as long as possible.
Improving Health Outcomes
Home care can improve the physical and mental well being of care recipients. In addition to helping prevent falls, keeping seniors on track with their medications, providing nutritious meals and helping maintain personal hygiene, caregivers can also provide doctors with valuable information that may help to improve diagnosis and treatment of seniors. Home care allows seniors to recover after hospital stays and has been shown to reduce hospital readmissions.
Moreover, home care helps bend the health care cost curve. According to recent studies, seniors using in-home care reported 25 percent fewer doctor visits each year. Another study showed annual hospital cost savings of as much as $25 billion due to the growth of home care services over the previous decade. The result: better health outcomes for seniors and lower overall health care costs.
Benefits for family caregivers
More than 34 million Americans serve as family caregivers for someone age 50 and over. On average, family caregivers spend 24 hours per week providing care. The stress of caregiving takes a toll on physical and emotional well-being; 19 percent of family caregivers report a high level of physical strain and up to 70 percent of family caregivers report symptoms of depression. The intensity of caregiving forces 61 percent of working family caregivers to make a workplace accommodation.
The impact of caregiving responsibilities on families is profound. Most family caregivers faced with these challenges find it challenging to sustain a high level of care for their loved one. Senior home care services reduce stress and mental health burdens on family members and lead to positive results concerning productivity in their workplaces.
The future of home care
Innovations such as fall detectors, pill reminders and smart homes can help seniors live at home longer. Technology not only empowers caregivers in the home but is a powerful means to support and inform family caregivers in improving care for seniors. Home care companies are embracing these innovations to improve the efficiency and delivery of care. Although helpful, technology can’t recreate many aspects of personalized care. It’s just one way to improve overall care delivery.