Home Is Where the Health Is: Understanding the Benefits of In-Home Care

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Posted: 11/27/2017 8:25 AM by Interim HealthCare
There’s no place like home for enjoying comfort, security, and the warmth of memories made with those we love. And for the vast majority of older adults, the thought of having to leave home to move to a nursing home or assisted living facility is an unpleasant one. Many families don’t realize that aging at home is a possibility even when frailty and chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, COPD, Parkinson’s, and others come into play – with professional in-home care assistance.
Before assuming that a senior loved one requires nursing home care, and making the unalterable decision to sell the home, consider these benefits of in-home care:
  • Independence. The ability to wake up when you choose, deciding what you’d like to eat and the timeframe and location in which to enjoy your meals, choosing what activities to engage in and which family and friends you’d like to spend time with – these may seem like little things, but imagine life without them. In-home care allows seniors the freedom to continue to make such decisions and to remain in control of their lives.
  • Better Health. Data shows that aging in place at home provides a plethora of health benefits, including fewer hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations, improved mental health and reduced risk of depression, better nutrition and sleep, less exposure to the contagious diseases that can easily spread through institutional facilities, and many others. An in-home care provider also offers friendly companionship to help prevent the loneliness and isolation that can be common in older age.
  • Less Expensive, Customized Care. The cost of in-home care is significantly lower than the cost for nursing home or assisted living options. Care is also customized to each individual’s particular needs when provided in the home, adjusted according to the level of care needed, the family support system that is in place, and other factors.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of in-home care for a senior loved one, or explore options for aging in place, contact Interim HealthCare. Our caregivers are fully trained and experienced in all aspects of senior care, meticulously screened and background checked, and overseen by a registered nurse at all times. We’re licensed by the state of New York and available with safe, reliable care to allow your senior loved one to remain where it’s most comfortable: at home.
We invite you to call us at (518) 452-3655 in Albany, or at (518) 798-6811 in Glens Falls to learn more.

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