As individuals age, the time often comes when a new level of care becomes necessary. An often discussed decision is whether the individual should continue to age in place or if nursing home care is the best option. While nursing home care offers seniors with safe solutions when medical needs are present, aging in place is, at times, the better solution for many reasons.
Aging at Home is an Alternative to a Nursing Home
According to forbes.com, geriatric care facilities are moving away from providing long term care beds and increasing the number of rehabilitative beds they offer. With this decline in the availability of long term care beds, seniors are likely to find it increasingly difficult to locate space in high quality, yet affordable, facilities across the country. Seniors are expressing a preference to age in place, in addition to the decreased availability of long term care beds. AARP surveys show that approximately nine out of ten seniors have a stated desire to remain in their homes. This is likely due to an attachment to the home, as well as a preference to remain with friends and family in the senior’s community. Aging in place provides for comfortable surroundings, and it means that a senior does not have to leave behind the things he is familiar with for facility life.
The Benefits of In Home Health Care
In home health care addresses the problems seniors are facing when making the decision to age in place versus entering a facility. Here at Leading Health Care we provide friendly, compassionate care that helps to keep our seniors happy in maintaining their Independence as much as possible. With our services, care plans are set to cater to the individual needs of each of our clients. A senior who only needs a few hours of help a day to get dressed, take a bath and prepare a meal, pays for only a few hours of help. This can equate to thousands of dollars of savings versus nursing home placement.
Finally, meeting a senior’s desire to age in place allows for decreased healing time, increased mental health status, increased feelings of dignity and a higher quality of life throughout the geriatric years. With our services, the senior often can remain at home for a longer period of time and enjoy all of these benefits.