If you’re considering care options for a loved one, you might believe that care from the comfort of home is out of reach; however, that’s a myth! Home nursing services are a much more accessible—and even financially sustainable—option compared to other types of care. Home nursing services and home care are fully customizable and a great solution for keeping your loved one in the comfort of their own home despite temporary or long term health and medical needs.
If your loved one needs specialized medical attention from a nurse or help with household chores and meal prep, caregivers and registered nurses can provide these services and work around your schedule. Even if your loved one requires specialized nursing services, Fedelta Homecare can provide the support when and where you need it most. Here’s everything you should know about how our team works to provide you and your family accessible and affordable in-home care through our caregiver and home nursing services.
Some families may not need the expertise of a skilled nurse, and so may instead opt for home care with a caregiver. Home care offers many of the same benefits of in-home nursing care, but at a fraction of the cost. If your loved one could benefit from assistance with daily tasks, personal care (such as cooking or hygiene), or regular check-ins, it’s worth exploring various home care options. Many times, home care can be the first step in finding accessible care for your family member, before needing to meet certain insurance requirements for a skilled nurse.
In order to understand the scope of benefits by choosing in-home care, it’s important to understand the differences between in-home nursing and the services provided by a long-term care facility. The obvious difference is that in-home nursing enables your loved one to age in place, whereas living at a long-term care facility requires your loved one to take up residency somewhere outside of their home. For many, staying at home while receiving care is the preferred option.
There’s no difference in quality of care between in-home nursing and facility nursing. In-home nurses are fully registered and highly vetted. Most of the day-to-day care your loved one needs can be done from the comfort of his or her own home, meaning that there’s no need for them to live at a medically equipped facility. The major difference between in-home nursing and long-term care facility living is that in-home care is a much more flexible, and often more comfortable, option.
When you pay for a long-term care facility, you’re paying for every service that the facility offers. This includes services your loved one doesn’t need or want. Long-term care facilities offer a cookie cutter plan that is less flexible and customizable as in-home care services. Unfortunately, they frequently don’t take individual residents’ needs into consideration.
In-home care is much more flexible. You get to hand select the services you need and pay for, which means that the financial barrier to enter into this type of care is much lower than a similar level of care at a facility. For example, at a care facility you’ll likely pay for meal service. What if your loved one enjoys cooking on their own and they supply their own groceries?
Food services aren’t the only services that may go unused by your loved one at a long-term care facility. You may be paying for recreation, laundry and transportation services that your loved one doesn’t need or use.
In-home care allows you to customize your care plan. During an in-home assessment, you’ll meet with with a Care Manager to identify the services that you want, and you can leave out services you don’t need. For example, if your loved one needs help with laundry and other household chores, but doesn’t need help with shopping, you’ll only pay for the care you actually receive.
You can use as few or as many services as you see fit. If the only service your loved one would benefit from is meal prep for seniors, you can hire an in-home caregiver for that one task, and only pay for that service. Fedelta makes it that simple. You can add, subtract and change services very easily as certain needs arise or as a loved one gains more independence. The whole point is that in-home care is customized to you and your family’s needs.
Now that you understand the financial gains of building your own customizable in-home care program, it’s important to understand some of its other benefits. There are so many mental and physical benefits of staying in the comfort and safety of your own home as you age. A home is familiar and may be a better fit for people dealing with dementia or living with other chronic illnesses.
For some, long-term care facilities can feel sterile, unfamiliar and generally uncomfortable. A long-term care facility may pose safety risks if your loved one becomes confused. Staying at home while using in-home care can significantly increase your loved one’s quality of life, by boosting their safety and comfort. Best of all, there are home care solutions available to families that may not immediately qualify for skilled nursing care at home.
Fedelta believes that “home is the center of care,” which is why affordable, accessible, customizable care is a priority for our team. For a free in-home assessment, contact our care team, so we can learn more about your needs and create a custom care plan.