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The benefits of elderly care in the home

Most elderly people want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, yet often they are placed in residential care homes when it isn’t really necessary. Fortunately, awareness of the services provided by home care companies is growing.

The home environment is often more suitable than a residential care home for a variety of reasons, with perhaps the main one being that care at home promotes empowerment and independence in the individual. Such a state of mind can promote mental health, and the stability that the domestic environment provides boosts the sense of being in control.

With friends and family near, loneliness and vulnerability is less likely. Also, carers from home care companies can establish a strong bond of companionship with the person they are caring for. These carers can also provide assistance for their patients and help them carry out the things they want to do, helping to maintain a ‘normal’ routine while improving quality of life through self-satisfaction. This bond with a home carer is at the hub of the highly personalised and individually tailored care programmes provided by the best home care companies.

As well as care at home benefitting the patient, friends and family members can also enjoy greater peace of mind. They can visit their friend or relative who is receiving care whenever the time is mutually appropriate, while side-stepping the regulations that may be in place at a residential care centre, such as the specified times for eating meals and visiting.

Fundamentally, care at home totally eliminates the need for the potentially heavy upheaval in moving into a residential home, which may prove to be an anxious experience for elderly people who require care. The options offered by home care companies provide a greater range of possibilities for care and potential solutions that go significantly further than the sometimes-held view that selling assets and subsequently using the money to pay residential care home fees is the only available option.

Care in the home does not require an on-going contract in some cases, with a carer being readily available for as long as you believe you may need one. The best option is to research home care companies and to talk with them directly about the possibility of care at home and what exactly they provide in their service.

The cornerstones on which all quality care at home is founded on – trust, personalisation and continuity of care – make for an experience that explains why care in the home is becoming so popular.