“There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers.
Those who are currently caregivers.
Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.”
― Rosalyn Carter
The vast majority of South Africans assume that the best way to care for our elderly is to place them in a nursing home or other skilled care facility. But did you know there are many reasons why allowing seniors to continue living at home is better?
Home Nursing makes it possible for older persons to continue living independent lives in their homes or with loved ones, by providing assistance to compensate for loss of strength, mobility and mental health.
Our society cannot cope with the demand for specialised, affordable accommodation for seniors – especially Assisted Living and Frail accommodation. But many older persons are forced to move into these facilities because they can no longer care for themselves adequately.
It’s a fact that most seniors will recover much faster from surgery or illness, if allowed to stay in their homes when possible. Since no one enjoys being in the hospital for any length of time, home health care workers can be a life-saver so the patient can recover at home.
It goes without saying that providing care in the home is far less expensive than paying full-time room and board at a nursing facility or assisted living centre. Nowadays, there are many wonderful options for home health care that allows your senior loved one to receive excellent care only when they need it.
In these cases, there is usually a family member who is helping with the daily chores and tasks, while the home health care nurse can help administer medicines, give baths, and help provide any therapy needed. When you tally the costs involved, home health care usually is the most cost-effective plan.
3. More Freedom
This may seem obvious, but there is certainly far more freedom and independence for seniors who stay in their own homes, rather than having to be hospitalised. They can have friends and family over and have as many home visits as they like, whenever they like. They’re able to eat on their own schedule and create a sense of normalcy that works for them.
Since nursing homes often have rigid schedules and routines, being at home also allows for much more flexibility for both the senior and the caregiver. This translates to less stress for everyone! After all, nobody wants to be told when they can visit or how many visitors they can have.
Fish Hoek Home Nursing fulfills the need for services that enable older people to continue living comfortably in their own homes, within familiar communities. We provide private and personalised care for the elderly but at a much more affordable cost.
For more information on the benefits of home health care vs. institutionalised care, please call us today!