The Advantages of Home Health Care

Our goal is to help you have all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family, especially when it comes to difficult decisions around health care. In this article, we discuss the benefits of home care when compared to other options.

Providing care for your loved one is a delicate and important decision.  Assisted living facilities give people the ability to maintain their independence and socialize with other residents, while home care can provide a range of services in the comfort of their own home.  When choosing between an assisted living facility versus home care, you’ll want to consider your loved one’s level of autonomy and their exact needs.  We’ll go over everything you need to know about assisted living and home care in order to help you determine which one is right for you.

Assisted living homes provide their residents with minimal care while allowing them to maintain their independence.  Residents will usually have their own private or semi-private apartments with their own bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen.  They’ll get some assistance with tasks like eating and dressing, but they won’t get full-time long-term care.  Assisted living homes usually include services like housekeeping, transportation services, and health services.  Residents will also have access to recreational activities and wellness programs.

Meanwhile, home health care (such as the care provided by Affirmed Home Care) provides individuals with a range of different services in the comfort of their own home.  Whether they require a private nurse, post-op care and rehab, or end of life care,  in-home caregivers will provide them with ongoing care.  Home care plans usually involve some combination of assisted living services and health care services.  These services can include errands like laundry, meal prep, and transportation, as well as giving assistance with tasks like walking, bathing, or using the toilet.

Which One Is Right For You?

Choosing between an assisted living facility and home care depends on several factors.  The first thing you need to consider is how much assistance your loved one needs.  Make a list of tasks that they need assistance with in order to determine the level of care required.  If they’re mostly independent but need help with a few tasks like remembering to take their medication or cooking, an assisted living facility may be the right choice.  Assisted living facilities offer plenty of opportunities for socialization, so individuals who like recreational activities and group outings may appreciate these features of assisted living facilities.

If they need more ongoing care, they’re in a wheelchair, or they’re dealing with cognitive impairment, then home care may be the better option.  This can provide them with more specialized care that ensures they have adequate supervision and that their needs are being met.  With home care, they’ll be able to enjoy the comfort of their home and they’ll be able to choose one caregiver to work with.  

There’s no easy way to decide what’s right for your loved one.  But by considering the pros and cons of each, you’re one step closer to providing them with the care they need.

How Can Affirmed Home Care Help?

The Affirmed Home Care mission is to support the health and well-being of our clients by delivering the finest personalized in-home care, specific to their needs, wants and preferences. Our goal is to provide exceptional client centered care with a quality team to achieve excellent outcomes. We feel we are the best in the business, and are proud to serve locations in and around the New York City metropolitan area, including parts of Northern New Jersey, Brooklyn, Queens, and Westchester County.

We truly believe that when it is time to hire a caregiver for your loved one, it is important to be aware that private nurses offer the same quality of care as full-time care but at the comfort of home. A private nurse on duty can provide the personal care of the patient in addition to top-notch medical care. The private nurse assigned to you will provide you with the same high standard of care you would expect in a traditional medical environment.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s brings a unique set of challenges that can be addressed with assisted living at home. We provide compassion, empathy and a high-level of expertise when it comes to memory care, and understand the importance of providing treatment that focuses on the whole patient through detection, continuous assessment and a high level of support that preserves a patient’s lifestyle and daily routine. To ensure comfort, we meet patients at home, in assisted living facilities or other medical settings. We treat your family members with the same level of care and concern we would have for our own.

We are also there when recovering from an operation and requiring rehab, when it is most important to support healing in the comfort of your own home, or at the bedside. Our caregivers and nurses provide round-the clock care for all your needs so you can recover peacefully in your familiar surroundings.

There are a lot of ways that we are proud to help our community with the best health care that one could ever have in their own home, and ask you to contact us today for a personalized in-home health care plan that is perfect for you and yours. We are truly here to help, and look forward to speaking with you soon!