6 Benefits of Choosing a Home Care Nursing Agency for the Elderly

Madiba once said: “a society that does not value its older people denies its roots and endangers its future”

According to a recent report based on national censuses conducted by Statistics South Africa, old age is often characterised by poor health due to frailty, diseases and disabilities and in some cases, neglect. As a result, this leads to an inability to perform certain functions such as walking, hearing, seeing, remembering and concentrating as well as self-care.  This affects mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.de when caring for a loved one can be overwhelming.

Madiba once said: “a society that does not value its older people denies its roots and endangers its future”

According to a recent report based on national censuses conducted by Statistics South Africa, old age is often characterised by poor health due to frailty, diseases and disabilities and in some cases, neglect. As a result, this leads to an inability to perform certain functions such as walking, hearing, seeing, remembering and concentrating as well as self-care.  This affects mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

Millions of South Africans juggle the daily demands of work, home, children and caring for someone who may be disabled, ill, or aging.

Parents and adult children may be separated by different cities, provinces, or even countries. Often, the demands and pressure of providing care can result in caregiver burnout—physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. This happens when family caregivers do not get the help they need and are trying to do more than they are able to.

If you are caring for a loved one, here are 6 ways home health care agencies for the elderly can support you:

  1. Home health care professionals can be there when you aren’t able to be.
    • If you are caregiving from a distance, home health care can give you peace of mind.
  2. Safety and risk management in the home.
    • Trained and qualified professionals can assess safety risks and make simple corrections in the home—from placing a rug on a slippery floor, to recommendations for ambulatory assistance.
  3. Assistance with day-to-day tasks.
    • In-home services allow the elderly to receive day-to-day help with the personal care they need, preserving their dignity and maintaining a good quality of life. Assistance with activities of daily living can include bathing, grooming, and general housekeeping.
  4. Professional Medical Care.
    • Medical care can be delivered at home by thoroughly supervised qualified nurses. Home health care can ensure that your loved one’s medical needs are met.
  5. Medication management.
    • If your loved one is on multiple prescriptions it can be confusing to manage. Home health care professionals can ensure the right medications are being taken at the right times to manage health conditions and prevent harmful drug interactions.
  6. Home health care professionals provide caring companionship.
    • Research shows that aging adults stay healthier with social interaction. Home health aides can become trusted friends for walks, reading, games, movies, meals, and other social activities. Accompaniment on errands such as grocery shopping, medical appointments, and other activities are also added benefits.

Managing busy families and the emotional decisions that must be made when caring for a loved one can be overwhelming.

The one-on-one focus and support provided by a Home Care Agency are truly unique, providing meaningful, personal and skilled care that builds strong bonds between professionals and their clients as well as providing support to their families.

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References:

A Profile of Informal Carers in South Africa – University of Pretoria