Thursday, July 4, 2013

A Few Advantages of Home Health Care Agencies

When your loved ones begin getting old, there is a whole new and intense set of fears and stresses for everyone involved. The classic example is worrying about an elderly person that lives alone falling on fragile old bones and not being able to get up and call anyone for help. This is certainly a valid fear. But people often fail to realize how many other far less dramatic challenges exist for elderly people. As their physical strength and mental clarity decreases, they may need help with basic tasks like bathing, getting dressed, preparing and eating meals, transportation, taking care of bills and correspondence, and so forth. Faced with so many difficulties, a nursing home can make sense in certain cases. However, you should also consider looking into home health care agencies in Richmond. Here are just a few advantages to think about: 

  • Safety: The most obvious benefit of home health care is that the elderly individual will have someone who regularly checks on them and monitors their health. Research has shown that many health outcomes are actually better for people who have a home nurse than those with nursing home care. 
  • Social Contact: It may surprise you to learn that one of the most damaging things to a person’s health is a lack of social contact. Being isolated and lonely not only increases depression and anxiety but also worsens several aspects of physical health. A nurse that regularly visits the home provides both medical assistance and friendship. 
  • Freedom: Many elderly people are reluctant to move into a nursing home because it means giving up the comfort, familiarity, and freedom of their own home and schedule. It can be very stressful to have to adapt to the restrictions that come along with living in a group home. Home health care allows people to remain in their own homes and have far more input over their daily lives and activities. 

These are only a few of the advantages of choosing from one of the quality home health care agencies in Richmond. There will be a range of additional pros and cons depending on your unique situation. 

This is a guest post provided to Shopping with Glenz for its readers.