In Home Care – When Following the Trend Makes Sense

Happy Friday everyone. We hope those in the mid-Atlantic and north east fared well during storm Pax. Today we wanted to bring your attention to an article in the Washington Post last month. It highlighted how the trend towards staying at home rather than moving to a group aid home is becoming more and more popular as a more vocal population ages. According to the article, “surveys have long show that older people prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible.” This sentiment is increasing with the equally increasing cost of institutional care. At the moment, receiving in-home care cost about 50 percent less than moving into an assisted living facility or nursing home. Granted, there are times when a nursing home is the only solution, but for most, up until that point remaining at home makes the most sense.

Evidence has also shown that people tend to do better in their own homes. What is hard for us to understand is, again according to the article, “one-third of the people in nursing homes are capable of receiving service at home.” Often times, if someone is leaving the hospital they just follow the perceived normal steps. Get out of hospital, go to rehab center, move to nursing home. Many are unaware of the other route. Leaving the hospital or rehab center and GOING HOME. There you hire a private care nurse to take care of you. You can also bring in a physical therapist to get you moving again. That sounds pretty good to me!
Check out the article and let us know what you think about in home care. Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-program-reflects-national-trend-toward-moving-older-americans-out-of-nursing-homes/2014/01/02/8ac1a624-69c7-11e3-ae56-22de072140a2_story.html

-Georgetown Home Care