Talking about home health care with your senior loved one may result in frustration. You or your loved one may have misconceptions about home health care that makes this option seem impossible. Your senior loved one may have fears about their independence or spending hours with someone they don’t like.
As a result, you may be stuck. You know your loved one is unable to remain at home with all of the responsibilities of cleaning, yard care and personal care. Helping them understand the value of home health and debunking myths surrounding this service can be the first step in getting them the help they need.
Home Health Myths
I’m Not Sick Enough for Home Health Care
While home health care is a great option for individuals suffering from a serious condition, home health care is also great for other situations. Home health care can range from licensed medical professionals coming to your home for skilled nursing care to non-medical care, in which a homemaker or companion visits to help with light housekeeping and other tasks.
This type of care is perfect for loved ones that are not ready to have a nurse come on a regular basis, but are unable to keep up with cleaning or grocery shopping. Visits can be scheduled on an hourly basis, after needs have been determined.
I Can’t Afford Home Health Care
The cost of home health care intimidates many families, but research shows that families also often overestimate the cost of a home health care service by $6 per hour. Also, many families employ home health services for just four to eight hours per week, which financially will not be overwhelming.
A Stranger That I Won’t Feel Comfortable With Will Be Taking Care of Me
Home health care services try to match aides with their clients, seeking to align them by interests and personality. If you happen to receive a poor match, adjustments can be made to recruit a different aide.
My Independence Will be Gone
Home health care offers, instead, a high level of independence compared to other types of care. Your home health care aide will work to maintain your loved one’s independence, rather than infringe on it. Home health care aides can help your loved one attend social events and go visit friends, helping them enjoy this stage of their life.
When you are ready to retain the services of home health care, call Freudenthal Home Health. We offer not only first-class care for your senior loved one, but a high level of support and resources for you, their main caregiver. We can talk with you and your loved one more about the myths that surround home health care and help answer any questions you have. Don’t trust the myths – find the answers so you can make the best choice for your loved one.