When surveyed most senior citizens prefer to stay in their home rather than move to assisted living or independent living communities, and home health care can help patients stay in their homes longer while remaining safe. Home health is often the most cost effective means of providing care as well. Re-hospitalizations create a significant strain on the federal Medicare budget, and home health providers are uniquely positioned to assist with reducing re-hospitalizations. Home health clinicians are experts in assisting seniors to be safe and remain in their homes as long as feasibly possible.
Why is home health such a great option for seniors who wish to stay at home?
- When we are not feeling well, most of us ask to be at home. We enjoy the sanctity of our residences and the joy of being with our loved ones. When our loved ones are ill we try to get them home and out of the hospital as soon as possible.
- Home care keeps families together. This is particularly important in times of illness. The ties of responsibility and caring can be severed by hospitalization.
- Home care prevents or postpones institutionalization.
- Home care promotes healing. There is scientific evidence that many patients heal faster at home.
- Home care is safe. Many risks, such as infection, are eliminated or minimized when care is given at home.
- Home care allows for the maximum amount of freedom for the individual. Patients at home remain as engaged with their usual daily activities as their health permits.
- Home care promotes continuity. The patient’s own physician continues to oversee his or her care.
- Home care is personalized and tailored to the needs of each individual. Patients receive one-on-one care and attention.
- Home care is less expensive than other forms of care, especially lengthy inpatient hospitalization and skilled nursing facilities.
- Home care is the form of care preferred by the American public.
- Home care can prevent rehospitalization and decrease the need for urgent care.