Some studies have suggested that elder people ‘are more scared to lose their independence in old age than the fear of death’. Some elder relatives have mainly been independent their whole life, so they are used to making decisions themselves. Giving this lifestyle up can become very hard to transition to when moving into a residential care home. Receiving home care services will give them a sense of their usual independence and empowerment, which in the long run improves their everyday wellbeing and mood.
Using home care services means that an elderly relative gets special focus from a healthcare professional and will always get that one-to-one interaction. Home care services also involve the elderly relative having their own personalised care plan prepared. The bond between the carer and the elderly patient becomes very strong because of the bespoke home care service.
Residential care can also become expensive and for many elderly residents, it could potentially mean that they would have to sell their house for it. Working with a home care agency is a lot more affordable and flexible. The cost of home care services will be mainly based on how long the carer is needed, whether it is full time or having the carer come in a few times during the week.
Previous studies do show that elderly patients tend to thrive more when they live in their own homes. Especially for elderly relatives that suffer from dementia. Elderly patients being able to maintain their independence and actively socialising helps them to thrive. Home care services give elderly relatives their independence to be more active and do things but also having a helping hand whenever they are in need. Being able to give them this freedom will also boost their mental health and fitness.