10 Benefits of In-Home Healthcare
The elderly are not the only people who need and can benefit from specialized home healthcare. Some are recovering from surgery or have a chronic condition that requires ongoing care. Others need certain therapies or complex medical monitoring one might think are only available in a hospital or rehab center. Some simply could use some assistance with activities of daily living, like bathing or administering medication. Some need part-time care, while others need a trained aide or nurse present around-the-clock. Everyone’s situation is different, but almost everyone can benefit from being cared for at home.
In addition to being the type of care most patients prefer, the following are 10 proven benefits of being cared for at home:
- Recovering more quickly from illness.
Research show that individuals recuperating from illness, injury, or surgical procedures heal more quickly and successfully when recovering at home instead of in a medical facility. There are also fewer incidents of re-hospitalization.
- Enjoying the comfort of your home.
Enables a faster recovery because of familiar surroundings and the comfort of family and friends nearby. Provides companionship and helps people not only medically, but emotionally.
- Decreasing the risk of infection.
Studies show that there is less exposure to and contraction of infections when the patient recovers at home, compared to care in hospitals or care centers.
- Developing ongoing quality-of-life strategies.
Care is tailored to the needs of the individual, improving the patient’s quality of life.
- Extending longevity.
Schools of nursing and government agency studies prove that patients live longer when cared for at home. They also experience less depression.
- Providing patients with privacy, dignity and more personal choices.
Patients can sleep in their own beds, eat what and when they want to, and have control over their schedule and other activities of daily living. They often improve bladder control and get better at bathing and personal hygiene.
- Improving many patients’ ability to move around.
When at home, many patients walk more, learn how to get in and out of bed by themselves, and have less pain when moving around.
- Reducing stress on loved ones through participation.
Home care involves the patient and the family in the care that is delivered. The whole family are taught to participate in the patient’s healthcare, how to get well and how to stay that way.
- Saving money.
Home care is a more affordable option. A study by the U.S. General Accounting Office has established, “In general, home care costs only one-tenth as much as hospitalization and only one-fourth as much as nursing home placement to deal with comparable health problems.”
- Freeing up family members through one-on-one personal care.
In-home care assistance, through private hire or home care agencies, allows family caregivers to carry on with their life priorities like work, child care, spousal relationship, and more time for self.
Where to turn for Help?
When a loved one is aging or has an acute or chronic illness, it is critical that they receive appropriate nutrition, medication, rest, and medical supervision. For many people, home healthcare professionals can help loved ones maintain their level of wellness for a longer period of time. Furthermore, with in-home care, families that are unable to serve as primary caregivers have the benefit of knowing that their loved ones are receiving professional, compassionate, and personalized care in the convenience of their own homes. Technology now has developed to the point where many services, once only available in a hospital, can be offered at home. By and large, employees of home care agencies look at their work, not as a job or profession, but as a calling. Home care workers are highly trained and dedicated to their work.
DTN Home Care can provide services to people with high acuity medical needs, around-the-clock or as needed. We assign an experienced case manager and registered nurse to visit the home, evaluate and assess the person’s needs and work with the client, family and home care staff to draft and implement an individualized plan of care. To inquire about in home health care from DTN Home Care for yourself or a loved one, call 701.663.5373.
Beverly Unrath, Vice President, Dakota Travel Nurse Home Care, Inc.