Elder care is an issue more and more families need to deal with. With the ever-increasing number of elderly in the Western world, many families are faced with the question of how to care for their aging senior. Up until a couple decades ago, the choices were either take care of them yourself or send your aging loved one to a nursing home. In the past couple decades however, senior care has begun to change with the rise of in home care agencies.
With the increased population of retirement age people has spawned a growing new industry; in home elder care and assisted living. In home care is becoming a popular choice among many families, and it may be something worth considering if you have an elderly family member in need of care. Here are 3 reasons to consider hiring an in home senior care or assisted living agency to care for your aging family member:
1. Better Quality of Life
Studies show that over 90% of seniors want to remain in their homes for as long as possible into their retirement. And this statistic is certainly no surprise. Who wouldn't want to stay in the comfortable surroundings of their own home verses moving to a nursing home or even moving in with another family member. The challenge is that as seniors age, their medical needs become more complicated. And usually it reaches the point where they can't live on their own without someone checking on them. In home senior care solves this problem. It provides seniors with a qualified medical professional to take care of them in the comfort of their own home, thus increasing their quality of life.
2. Higher Level of Care
Compared with a nursing home, in home caregivers provide seniors better quality care. It's not that nursing home nurses are poor, it's that their patient to nurse ratio can be 15:1 or higher. This does not allow them the ability to give one on one care to each and every patient. By contrast, in home care allows a nurse to administer treatment to your family member only, allowing them to bond and giving your family member a companion that will grow to trust more deeply.
3. Ability to Tailor Plans to Your Needs
This is a big advantage of the in home elder care or assisted living option; the ability to customize a treatment plan around the needs of your individual family member. This means you can receive as little or as much care as is necessary. This type of customization is not structurally possible in nursing home. In addition to tailor made treatment plans, most in home care agencies also allow you to sign up with them on a month to month basis without having to sign a long term contract. It is nice to know that if the senior care agency you're with is not working out, you can cancel their services without paying any penalty.
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Article Added on Saturday, July 28, 2012
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