Benefits of Home Care for Seniors
As the years go by and the signs of aging take hold, it’s no longer possible for some peoplke to care for themselves without assistance. Some people turn to retirement homes or othe live-in care facilities, but for others it’s possible to remain in the home they know and still get the help they need.
The concept of home care for seniors is growing as the population gets older, and whether it’s for yourself or a parent, it is a viable option that has several benefits.
What Is It?
Senior home care is also called social care or domicilliary care, and it refers to health care or supportive care that is provided inside the patient’s own home.
Sometimes, home care refers to care given by family members, volunteers or caregivers, but senior home care is generally performed by licensed personnel like nurses.
What Does It Include?
Senior home care services include elements such as:
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Injury treatment Psychological assessment Pain management Administering medication Physical therapy Speech therapy Wound care Occupational therapy
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Counseling Meal preparation Bathing Help with personal hygiene Transportation Errands Palliative care Dressing help
What Are The Benefits?
Many seniors and their family members perfer home care to other forms of care. Some of the benefits include:
• Maintaining independence and dignity • Comfort and freedom in familiar surroundings • Customized care • Helping to keep families together • Postponing lengthy hospital stays or visits
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Professionally supervised programs Improved healing times Joy of being around loved ones all the time Reduced stress levels High quality care Ability to keep favourite pets close by
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Ability to stick to your own routine One-on-one care that meets specific needs Family participation in the day to day care Less travel for patient and family members Highly effective for healing and patient satisfaction Highly efficient form of health care Far less costly overall
• Dedicated personnel who put the patient first
• Longer life span - studies have shown that seniors who receive home care as opposed to other forms actually live longer, and enjoy a higher quality of life in their remaning years.
How to Proceed
The type and degree of home care you or your family member requires is dependent on several different fasctors.
The first step is to contact a reputable provider and get an assessment of the situation. Most providers will arrange a home visit to get a feel for any special patient needs and requirements, before suggesting a course of action and setting up a full program.
HomeWell Senior Care offers many types of elderly care services. Visit http://www.homewelltoronto.ca/ for more information. They are located at 83 Ridge Drive Toronto, ON M4T 1B (41) 913-8073.