Our homes provide a sense of comfort, familiarity, and stability. That’s why many older adults would prefer to “age in place” and continue living in their homes as long as possible. However, illnesses, injuries, and other health concerns can make it more challenging to safely age in place, especially for those who live alone.
One solution is home health care, which enables older adults to receive the care they need while remaining where they want to be — at home. Skilled professionals visit to provide medical and non-medical services as needed, ranging from skilled nursing and physical therapy to wound care, medication management, and assistance with daily activities such as grooming, bathing, dressing, and even meal preparation.
Are you considering at-home health care for yourself or an older loved one? Here are some of the top benefits of home care to know about, including some you may not expect:
#1: Focus on recovery
Recovering from a hospital stay due to a surgery, illness, or other health concern can be a long journey, and it’s critically important to prevent complications and setbacks. With at-home care, older adults can get the help they need to relax, rest, and focus on their recovery. For example, home health nurses can help older adults manage their medications to prevent harmful drug interactions. At-home physical or occupational therapists can make home a safer, more accessible environment by spotting potential hazards and making recommendations to help prevent falls and re-hospitalization.
#2: Maintain a high level of independence
Even if post-hospitalization recovery or medical care services aren’t needed, older adults who want to age in place can benefit from non-medical services that make their day-to-day lives easier.
At-home caregivers provide help with daily tasks such as bathing and dressing, meal preparation, light housekeeping and laundry, and even transportation to doctor appointments and errands. These convenient services allow older adults to maintain their routines with less stress so they can continue living independently at home as long as possible.
#3: Provide relief for family caregivers
Caring for an older loved one is an incredibly selfless and rewarding act. However, it can also become challenging, especially if the family caregiver is not taking much-needed breaks. With in-home respite care, older adults can receive the care they need in the comfort of home while their family member receives temporary relief from their caregiving responsibilities. Even just a few hours of in-home respite care can go a long way in preventing burnout, giving family caregivers a little extra free time to run errands, catch up on their hobbies, or simply enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
Graceworks at Home: Bethany Village Care in the Comfort of Home
If you or a loved one are recovering from an illness or injury, or simply need the extra support or companionship of home care, look no further than Graceworks at Home. Offering skilled nursing, therapy, and non-medical services, Graceworks at Home makes it easier for older adults to live independently and comfortably at home.
Graceworks at Home’s compassionate caregivers deliver professional in-home care services with the very same commitment to Faithful Caring and quality as the staff at Bethany Village. Whether help is needed for a few hours or a full day, our team will develop a personalized care plan to meet your needs and provide the ultimate peace of mind.
To request more information about the services offered by Graceworks at Home, please contact us today. We would be delighted to speak with you and answer any questions you may have about arranging at-home care for yourself or an older loved one.