It’s hard to watch a loved one struggle with poor health and a loss of independence. Whether it’s from aging, surgery or long-term illness, a sense of helplessness comes with the constant worry about their safety and wellbeing, especially when they live alone. Not knowing what else to do, family members often assume there are only two options available — take on the burden of full-time care themselves or relocate their loved one to an inpatient facility, such as a nursing home, assisted living facility, or short-term rehabilitation clinic.
It may feel like a no-win situation: make your loved one leave the comfort of home or accept the overwhelming burden of full-time caretaking. It’s a choice no one wants to make. Thankfully, there is another option — home health care.
A home health care provider can help ease your burden and make it possible for your loved one to remain in a familiar environment. Multiple studies have proven that people recover faster and fare better, both emotionally and physically, in the comforts of home.
Home is More Comfortable
The adage “home is where the heart is” may be cliché, but it’s also true. Our home feels familiar, safe and comfortable. When we are at home we are surrounded by memories and the things that bring us joy — that is good for both our emotional and physical wellbeing.
Home is Better for Physical and Mental Wellbeing
When we’re already struggling with illness or declining health, a sudden change in environment and routine adds a lot of stress to an already stressful situation. Then, to make matters worse, our social network is disrupted when we move away from our friends and neighbors. All of this can lead to a feeling of isolation and an increased chance of anxiety and depression.
The likelihood of contracting a bacterial or viral infection is also significantly higher when living or recovering in an inpatient environment. Home health care can help manage the risk of infection and keep things moving in a positive direction.
You inevitably lose the majority of your independence in an inpatient setting. There is usually a schedule that must be adhered to, and you may even have a roommate that is not of your choosing. Even the little things, such as controlling the thermostat, feel big when they’re not within your control.
With home health care, you and your loved one are always in the driver’s seat: you can create a schedule that works for you, instead of the other way around.
Home health provides the same high quality, skilled nursing care as an inpatient setting, without having to leave the comforts of home. Home health assistants can help with everything from wound care and medications to assisting with the daily activities of living, such as bathing, dressing, cooking and more.
If you are interested in home health but are worried about the cost, let us help you see how affordable it can be. Aspire Home Health accepts a lot of insurance plans that pay 100% of the cost. We have a nursing staff ready and waiting to take your call. We can even come out for a consultation visit, with no obligation.
Give us a call today and let us help ease the burden so you can get back to doing what you do best — offering love and support.