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The 11 Advantages of In-Home Care Services for Adults & Seniors

Jul 26, 2019 by Lauren Jackson

Home health care services play an extremely important role in the lives of adults and senior citizens. If you or a loved one have a hard time caring for yourself, then it’s time to consider hiring a nursing aide to come in and help. Many insurance plans cover these experts, and they are crucial to helping you stay healthy and happy. 

Here are 11 over important advantages. 

#1) You Receive Expert Medical Care

Your home health caregiver is an expertly trained employee. They know basic - and some have advanced skills - nursing techniques, and track your health on a chart. When something goes wrong, they will contact the doctor for you and make sure that you get an appointment. Essentially, it’s like being in a nursing home, only you never have to leave your house. 

#2) The Nurse Becomes a Companion

Over time, the nurse who cares for you becomes an important companion. They are a friend, a sister or brother, or even kind of like a child to you. Many home health care services assign a person to you, and then they stay throughout their career or your lifespan. This gives you plenty of time to get to know one another. 

#3) You Don’t Need to Leave the House

One of the worst things that can happen to a senior citizen is having to leave the home that they spent most of their lives in, only to move into a nursing home. It’s better to stay where you’re comfortable, and in this case, it’s your home. With daily help, you won’t have to move out. 

#4) The Aide Ensures That You Have Things to Do

Many seniors resort to watching television all day long. They don’t have new books to read, or anyone to play games with. This can make life incredibly boring. 

A health aide will come in and make sure that they have plenty to do. Some will play cards, bring out the board games, or sit and ask questions while you bring out the family pictures and take a trip down memory lane. Every day will be different. You definitely won’t get bored.

#5) Home Is Where You’re Comfortable

Your home is your oasis. It’s where you’re the most comfortable. However, it can be a burden, especially if you live alone. Studies have proven that when an elderly person is able to remain in their home, they live a longer life. A good home health aide keeps makes this possible. 

#6) Someone Charts Your Health

It’s always a good idea to have someone keeping an eye on your overall health. Your aide will look for patterns and symptoms so that you can inform your doctor of any new impending health issues. They also note when you’re feeling good, so that they can replicate those same actions again in the future. 

#7) Your Kids Know That Someone is with You

Your kids more than likely work day jobs. In some cases, they may live far away. Rather than quit their jobs (which they need to pay the bills and support their families) or force you to move in with them, you can have a home health aide. Your kids can relax, knowing that someone is with you when they can’t be, which leads to less stress for both of you. 

#8) Your Health Care Aide Tracks Your Medication

It’s easy to get your medication mixed up or take it improperly. This won’t happen with a home health aide around. They’ll track your medications, set up your weekly pill cases, and call in refills for you. When it seems like something isn’t working the way it should, they’ll make a note of it for you doctor. 

#9) General Household Chores Are Covered

You more than likely have issues trying to get general household chores completed. Although your home health aide won’t handle every chore, they will take out the trash, wash the dishes, and ensure that your main living spaces are tidied up. After all, they want you to live in a healthy environment. 

#10) In-Home Services Cost Less Than a Nursing Home

Nursing homes are incredibly expensive. Plus, you have to pay for them out of pocket until your funds are completed. After that, Medicare kicks in to cover the expense. In-home health care services are different. Not only are they much less expensive, but your insurance will cover a good portion (if not all) of the cost. 

#11) You Follow a Balanced Diet

Many adults and seniors who need help aren’t able to cook. They don’t eat balanced diets. Instead, they reach for junk food and quick meals. With in-home help, you’ll have access to healthy foods, since your aide will either cook for you or help you get help from a program like Meals on Wheels.

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