We’ve always said that the job of a caregiver is nothing short of heroic, as it can be difficult and tiring but it is so necessary. A recent infographic published by caring.com illustrates the challenges associated with caregiving in general as well as especially caring for a loved one specifically. (more…)
Archive for March, 2011
To move a loved one to a nursing home or bring in home care services……..that is often the question. Research has shown that when people are discharged from a hospital, the majority of patients prefer to be discharged back to their own homes, rather than being discharged to a facility.
Our BrightStar home care staff frequently counsel and assist caregivers who come to us with this question. We understand that it can be a difficult decision and that caregivers want to do what’s in the best interest of their loved ones. In order to help family members in this situation, and based on what we’ve learned and heard from caregivers exploring home care as an option, we’ve come up with a list of 10 reasons for choosing home care services:
1) The likelihood of contracting illnesses and infections are reduced in a home situation, in comparison to living in a facility.
2) With continuous home care, there is more one-on-one supervision, which can help prevent and reduce falls, unsafe wandering, and other negative situations from occurring.
3) Home care can be a less costly alternative to nursing home placement.
4) With less health care workers involved in the caregiving process, family members have a more consistent/reliable source for communication, consultation, and management of their loved one’s care.
5) With depression being a common occurrence in nursing home residents, patients who live at home may be at a reduced risk for becoming depressed.
6) A person who obtains home care services has more personal privacy.
7) Home care patients can often enjoy the comforts of their own home such as sleeping in their bed, having their own furniture, using their own bathroom for bathing and personal care, eating at their own dining room table, etc., surrounded by their own pictures, furniture, music, backyard, kitchen, etc.
8) Home care residents have more autonomy in directing their own days. They are not subject to potential facility rules (quiet hours, when to eat, food choices, times and types of social activities, where they can and cannot sit, when to get their hair done, when they can bathe, etc.).
9) Often times with home care, patients have access to a personal driver to run errands, go on social outings, get to doctor appointments, and more — on their own schedule. This is typically not available in a care facility.
10) Research shows that family members and friends prefer visiting their loved ones in their own homes, in comparison to nursing home facilities.
Do you, or some one you know, find yourself weighing the options for a loved one? Take a look at our comprehensive service offering or contact our Geriatric Care Coordinator here at BrightStar – Naperville / Oak Brook, who may be able to give you some additional tips and insights, as to how to best care for an older parent or loved one.