Homecare: The Difference It Makes

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When researching health care options for an aging loved one, it can become overwhelming and stressful. From hearing the countless stories of elder abuse and the lack of staff in these facilities, it may be difficult to find a trusted assisted living or nursing home. Fortunately, there is another option: home health care. Home health care allows individuals to remain in their homes while receiving long-term care.

According to seniorliving.org, the majority of seniors prefer living in their home as long as they possibly can (Senior Living 2018). While this what many would rather do, families tend to go to nursing homes to receive care because they believe it is easier to manage.

While it may seem like a good idea at first, many individuals who end up in home health care are often neglected due to the under-staffing in nursing homes. PBS shares an interview they conducted with a nursing home and how on its best- staffed days, there was 1 caregiver for every 8 patients, however, their worst-staffed only had 1 caregiver for every 18 patients (Rau 2018) This is an extremely big difference. Because employees have to divide their time between 18 patients, many individuals may not be taken care of for hours, leaving them to miss meals, sit in their defecated or urinated clothes, and even miss prescribed medications.

Not only does this have a negative effect on patients, it affects the caregivers as well. It can lead to stress and no time for individuals to take a needed break. Because of this, many people are not seeking employment in nursing homes, continuing this ongoing negative chain.

This is why home health care can prove to be a better option. Home health care offers one on one time with caregivers and patients while being in the comfort of their own home. Focus is entirely on them, which helps build trust within the relationship.

Some other benefits of home health care include:

  • Help with housework

  • Tailored to fit the specific needs of the individual

  • Can help increase the wellness of patients

  • Able to keep pets with them

  • Assistance with personal care

In addition to these few benefits, home health care can save families money. Nursing homes tend to cost around $7,000 a month on average. On the other hand, 8 hours a week using home health care may cost around $693 a week (Home Health Care Agencies). While some seniors may need more than 8 hours of, the cost can become significantly different. Even though the cost may not always be drastically contrasting, aging loved ones can remain in their homes where they would like to be.

Our company, CarePRN, is working to increase the quality of home health care in the metro Detroit area. We provide an affordable service that curates care teams and can give your loved one the long-term care that they may need.

CarePRN strives to make caring for your loved one easy and hassle free as possible. Our team of care providers work together in order form a bond between the person you care about, creating trust and understanding in their relationship.

Because the CNA members of our team are primarily focused on providing care for the individual, you do not have to worry about us being understaffed. The care is all for you, you won’t have to wait for us to help you.

Home health care can help improve the quality of life for your loved one. We go through background checks in order to make sure your caregiver has the right credentials to provide for you. You want to feel like your loved one is in good hands and so do we.