While the Movember Movement gets a lot of attention with all the newfound mustaches, November is also Home Care Month, honoring the millions of people who work to make a difference in the patients and families they serve. Home care, defined as any healthcare services that allow the person to safely live at home, is a vital part of our community and deserves celebrating.
The Benefits of Home Care
1- Homecare allows Patients To Feel Independent
Even though they are still receiving help consistently, homecare allows patients the independence of staying in their homes and making decisions for themselves. Home care professionals can help family members preserve their dignity and quality of life, even while still receiving the proper level of medical help.
2- Proper Diet and Nutrition Can Have Huge Benefits
Sadly, adults age 65 and older, people with chronic conditions, and those recently discharged from a hospital or nursing facility are far more likely to be at-risk for dietary problems. Aging, bed rest, illness, and injury can all hinder someone’s ability to cook proper, healthy meals. That’s one of the main reasons why home care may include nutritional counseling and home-cooked meals to help against malnutrition.
3- Added Companionship Is Key
One of the most concerning problems among aging Americans is the lack of any regular communication. Almost 1 in 5 seniors over the age of 65 go up to a week without talking to another person. When you also consider the research that shows that seniors stay healthier when they have positive social interactions, home care becomes all the more important.
So if you have a family member who uses home care, be sure to thank them for their service. It is an invaluable role that can never be celebrated enough.