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Common Misconceptions About Home Care

Often when we’re working with families whose loved ones need care, we find they have some misinformation regarding home care and how it can help. Below are 5 of the most common misconceptions we have come across, and the real truth behind these questions. We hope this information will help shed some light on how our in-home healthcare services can improve the health and wellbeing of your loved ones.

1. Home care is a solution for AFTER my loved one experiences a fall or disease episode

Many people want to stay in their homes as long as possible, but feel that inviting a home caregiver in will cause them to lose their independence. In fact, a home care giver can actually help prevent the type of incidents that could cause a person to lose his or her independence. Many elderly individuals who live alone are subject to dangers from falls, fires, and other household hazards due to the fact that they aren’t as nimble and alert as they once were. It only takes one accident to cause a broken hip or other debilitating condition that makes staying at home much more difficult. Early home care intervention can prevent or lessen the severity of accidents, allowing our clients to stay at home longer, and to maintain their independence longer than they could living alone.

In addition to accidents around the house, the elderly are subject to cognitive issues or other memory impairment. Often, families feel that these types of issues are something they should be able to handle on their own and feel that it’s not appropriate to bring in a caregiver to help care for their family. However, our highly skilled and trained caregivers have special experience dealing with all types of chronic diseases among their clients. Bringing a compassionate and experienced professional into your home can help to make sure you’re doing what is best for your loved one and that they are receiving care from someone who is used to caring for people with similar healthcare needs.

2. Home care costs more than going to a facility and my resources will run out

Certainly there are costs associated with an in-home caregiver of any kind, but whereas moving into a facility is an all or nothing decision, home care can be scheduled to the individual's needs: sometimes a few hours a day are enough to keep a person safe at home and out of a facility. Our skilled professionals will come into your loved ones’ home, provide a free safety evaluation, and suggest a care plan that fits their unique and specific needs in the home.

3. Home care is a replacement for the care of family and friends

In fact, just the opposite is true. In the vast majority of cases, home care can actually bring families together, allowing the adult children to be the children, while still knowing their parents are safe and well taken care of. Though you might consider children or grandchildren to be “free” sources of care for loved ones, there can significant physical, financial, and psychological consequences for a family caregiver who is caring for loved ones in their own home. Often, family caregivers must put their own needs or the needs of their small children aside because of the high level of need of their elderly loved ones. Home care can serve as respite care for the family caregiver to give him or her a periodic break from care giving – to improve their quality of life and reduce their stress, allowing them to find much-needed balance in their lives.

4. Most people don’t trust someone in their home and would rather move to a facility for care

The majority of seniors want to age at home, and prefer to receive care as long as possible outside of a facility. In fact, 92% of people over the age of 65 strongly agreed that “what they would really like to do is stay in their current residence as long as possible.”

At first, inviting someone you don’t know into your home can be a scary proposition, but working with a professional agency helps to alleviate these concerns. An initial evaluation performed by a nurse or other professional will help your loved one feel comfortable almost immediately. We are experts at working with our clients to customize their home care solution and help them be comfortable with their decision to invite one of our compassionate and skilled caregivers into their home. Our caregivers are our employees, so you can be assured that they have a clean background and recieve continuous training to help them provide the best possible care.

5. My loved ones have more needs than a home caregiver can provide

With some home care companies that you choose to bring into your loved ones homes, you might find that their services are limited to less skilled tasks than the full extent of your loved ones’ needs. At Homewatch CareGivers, we can often provide a higher level of care than other home care agencies, depending on the regulations of your state. Each and every one of our fully licensed locations is able to provide hands on, personal care, such as bathing, grooming and help with ambulation, that your loved ones will need as they age. You can look at the “Services” section of your local Homewatch CareGivers office for the full extent of the services they can provide. Many of our home care agencies also have a nurse on staff who can help with even greater levels of need, such as medication management and monitoring of vital signs. Our locations also partner with local skilled home healthcare agencies to give your loved ones access to professionals who can care for their highest level health needs; their nurses and our caregivers work together to give you a seamless home healthcare solution for your loved ones.

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