Because of its accessibility and the variety of services offered, there are many benefits of home health care for seniors. Let’s kick off our list by exploring the most important (and perhaps most obvious) benefit of home health care for seniors.
The term “home health care” has a specific meaning in the senior care industry. The term often refers to licensed agencies who provide ongoing nursing services delivered at home. For the purposes of this blog and throughout our site, we use the term home health care a little differently. for our purposes, we use home health care to refer to ANY type of care or service a senior chooses to receive at home, no matter if that service is medical or non-medical.
1) Seniors Prefer to Stay in their Home
Over the last three decades, we’ve seen the quality and volume of senior care services increase to meet growing demand. This includes vast improvements in facility-based care services including assisted living, independent living and memory care services. To access care, older adults move into the community when they need additional support.
Facility-based services are popular with many seniors. Many use and benefit from short-term rehabilitation after a surgery or hospitalization. Still, older adults still say they overwhelmingly prefer to stay at home as they age. According to a 2018 survey by AARP, over 2/3 or 76% of seniors say they would prefer to age-in-place.
While “home” can be anywhere a senior deems it to be, the psychological advantages of maintaining independence and aging in your preferred location are powerful. This choice can lead to an increase in self-esteem and an overall improvement in an older adult’s physical and mental health.
2) Home Health Care is Flexible
If an older adult chooses to receive care at home, they gain access to an entire spectrum of services and service providers – not just medical providers.
There are more technologies and options today than in past: from prepared meals to handymen, from help with transportation to telehealth… older adults have a bevy of new tools and technologies at their fingertips. Most of these technologies and providers have simple contract terms with easy ‘out’ clauses.
This allows families and their loved ones to try services and providers and cancel easily if the services aren’t a fit.
3) Home Health Care is Affordable
For many seniors, home health care services are more affordable than a traditional senior care community or facility.
The national average cost for assisted living is around $4,000 per month for the base fee. In addition to base fee, communities often charge additional care fees depending on how much support a resident needs. These can add anywhere from $300 to $1,500 to the monthly fee. It’s important to remember that these are just estimates. The average cost of assisted living or other care services varies by as much as 50% across North Carolina.
In contrast, for older adults who may not need more than 10 hours of care per day, medical home health services can be less expensive. This helpful chart from SeniorLiving.org helps illustrate the costs of various home health care service providers.
In conclusion, the world of home health care services is changing every day with new products and companies on the horizon. Services like CarePods can help older adults build out a team of home health care service providers at a price they can afford.
If you are interested in exploring the benefits of Charlotte home health care services for yourself or someone you love, contact us today.