4 Benefits of Home Health Care for Your Beloved

By Maria Burke, RN, Owner Celtic Angels Home Health Care


Are you considering home health care for the beloved senior in your life? It’s a big decision! And
it’s natural to have worries. You may wonder, for instance, if your senior loved one would be
better off in an assisted living facility or a nursing home. Or you may feel guilty at the thought of
hiring home health care instead of doing 100% of the care yourself.
These are both common concerns. But the reality is in-home health care offers a variety of
advantages. Here are four benefits of in-home health care for your beloved senior:

1. A Familiar Environment

Perhaps the biggest advantage in-home health care offers your beloved senior is the ability to
remain in a familiar environment. Most of us would prefer to continue living in our own homes or
with friends or family rather than moving to a new living situation whether it’s an assisted living
facility or a nursing home as we age. Your beloved senior likely feels the same way.
Home health care provides your family with the assistance you need to allow your beloved
senior to age in place. Whether your senior loved one requires skilled nursing, assistance with
dressing and bathing, or companionship and transportation, in-home health care can meet all
those needs and more.

2. Maintaining Connections

Loneliness is one of the greatest risks seniors face, and it’s linked to a myriad of health
problems. For example, loneliness has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke,
depression, and even premature death. It’s a serious concern for seniors and their loved ones.
Fortunately, in-home health care helps your beloved senior maintain connections. Continuing to
live in their own home or living environment helps keep family ties intact. And because Certified
Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides can provide transportation, it’s easier to maintain
connections with friends, too. Plus, your beloved senior will likely develop a good relationship
with his or her care partners, as well.

3. Less Exposure to Communicable Diseases

We all learned how tragically vulnerable nursing home residents are to communicable diseases
during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, nursing home residents accounted for approximately
21% of all deaths in the early years of the pandemic. And nursing home residents continue to be
vulnerable to a variety of communicable diseases.
In contrast, seniors who age in place and receive home health care typically aren’t exposed to
as many communicable diseases simply because their living conditions aren’t as crowded.
While seniors living at home may still be exposed to communicable diseases through family or
community members, they typically have less exposure than seniors living in a communal

4. Personal Attention

Caring for aging seniors is a big job. And no matter how dedicated family members are, they
often have other obligations, like work, school, or caring for their own children. Home health
care professionals give your beloved senior the personal attention they need while also giving
family members a break from the pressures of full-time caregiving.
That’s important because seniors often need round-the-clock care. Trying to do all that care
yourself may prove to be too much and could strain your relationship with your beloved senior.
And seniors, in turn, don’t want to feel like they are burdening their family. Home health care is a
positive solution to these problems.
Would you like to learn more about the benefits of home health care for your beloved senior?
Read about the services we provide, or schedule an appointment to meet us in the comfort of
your own home.

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