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Why Choose Home Care? Weighing Your Options

Interim HealthCare Blogs
Posted: 10/20/2014 5:13 PM by Interim HealthCare
One of the toughest decisions facing families today is how to care for our aging loved ones who need additional care. The traditional route of placing elders into a nursing home, while it has some merits, is very expensive. Additionally, almost every study on the subject shows that given the choice, seniors overwhelmingly say that they would prefer to remain in their own homes. Assisted living is another option, but can also be cost prohibitive.

Additionally, studies show that family members who choose to leave the workforce to care for their loved ones can sacrifice more than $300,000.00 over a prolonged care period. Caregivers who go this route can also miss out on opportunities and may be forced to take a position with lower pay when they return to the work force.

Here are some links to studies that show some of the data…

http://www.npr.org/2012/05/01/151472617/discovering-the-true-cost-of-at-home-caregiving
https://www.metlife.com/mmi/research/caregiving-cost-working-caregivers.html#key%20findings 


Why is Home Care different?

Home care is safe, improving technology and the availability of qualified home care professionals means that the care received in a patient’s home setting can often be more effective than care given in a facility. Patients who receive care at home are more comfortable because they are in familiar settings, allowing them to relax.

Patients, who stay in their homes, are more likely to participate in their care and home care services can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual. In other words, the care plan is specifically designed for your loved one. This allows seniors to live happier, more comfortable lives.

Families don’t want to put their loved ones into a care facility, but often they feel as though they don’t have a choice because they must continue to work. Home Care costs are generally by the hour and services are very flexible. This means patients can be taken care of, by professionals who undergo extensive background and criminal checks, while family members are unavailable. This both increases care options and lowers costs.
 
The Costs of Care…

The table below, taken from a MetLife Survey of Long Term Care Costs, shows average rates for types of care for both 2011 and 2012.

MetLife Cost Study Chart
Not only does Home Care lower the costs of care, but creates an environment that is both more comfortable for the patient and encourages seniors to participate in their own care.

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