Home care serves to keep the elderly in independence. None of us wants to be totally dependent and helpless. With some assistance, seniors can continue to function as viable members of society.
Home care prevents or postpones institutionalization. None of us wants to be placed in a nursing home unless this is the only place where we can obtain the 24-hour care that we may need.
Home care promotes healing. There is scientific evidence that patients heal more quickly at home.
Home care is safer. For all of its lifesaving potential, statistics show that a hospital is a dangerous place. The risk of infection, for example, is high. It is not uncommon for patients to develop new health problems as a result of being hospitalized. These risks are eliminated when care is given at home.
Home care allows a maximum amount of freedom for the individual. A hospital, of necessity, is a regimented, regulated environment. The same is true of a nursing home. Upon admission to either, an individual is required to surrender a significant portion of his/her rights in the name of the common good. Such sacrifices are not required at home.
Home care is a personalized care. Home care is tailored to the needs of each individual. It is delivered on a one-to-one basis.
Home care is the most effective form of health care. There is very high consumer satisfaction associated with care delivered in the home.
Home care improves the quality of life. Home care helps not only add years of life, but life to years. People receiving home care get along better. It is a proven fact.
Home care is less expensive than other forms of care. The evidence is overwhelming that home care costs less than other forms of care. Home care is considerably less expensive than hospitalization or nursing home placement to deal with comparable health problems.
Home care extends life. The U. S. General Accounting Office has established beyond doubt that those people receiving home care lived longer and enjoyed living.