There are several misconceptions and myths about home care services that affect the decision of the elderly and family members. Unfortunately, misunderstanding the truth about home care services can lead families to make the wrong decision.
Once explained and having the proper understanding of the following four myths, you will be in a better position to make a valid decision.
Myth 1 – In-home health care services costs too much
So many people don’t even bother to look into home care services because they assume it costs too much. Therefore, what people fail to learn is that the cost for receiving this level of care is generally less than nursing homes or assisted living facilities. The average cost per hour for an in-home care provideri is about $18 to $20.
Your loved one may only need a few hours or days a week of care. Home care services can provide a wide range of assistance. Depending upon what your loved one needs help with, hiring home care service could actually save you money.
Myth 2 – Home care services are only for people who are very ill
While it is true that those suffering from serious illnesses and medical conditions benefit from this type of care, seniors who require basic assistance with day-to-day activities can benefit from this type of care as well. The function of an in-home care provider can be either medical or non-medical. For seniors who need non-medical assistance, this can include cooking, household chores, transportation, etc.
Myth 3 – You have no say in who the care provider is
Families often assume that they will have no control over who comes into their home and cares for their loved one. This couldn’t be further from the truth. When hiring from an agency, there is much information obtained about your loved one and their needs. Agencies do their best to match those needs with the right caregiver. If you still aren’t happy with who they selected, you can contact the agency and they will provide another caregiver.
Myth 4 – The quality of care is of a lesser standard
People feel that home care is of a lesser standard than that provided in a facility. However, most home care providers are trained and certified to deal with the health conditions or non-medical needs of your loved one. They actually get more attention and care being in a one-on-one environment.
Before being so quick to take the myths about home care services for truths, do some research. Contact an agency and speak with someone about any questions or concerns you may have. They are more than willing to help.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Norwalk, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at (203) 340-0652.