January 6, 2015
As a senior caregiving professional, you’re probably aware of the many ways non-medical in-home care benefits older adults. But did you know in-home care may actually reduce the number of medical visits by seniors?
Aging can bring along a host of physical and cognitive issues, from mild to severe. Research shows a correlation between in-home care and reduced doctor visits for seniors with conditions across the spectrum. Why does in-home care help keep seniors safe and healthy at home? Here are three reasons.
- One-on-one caregiving means closer monitoring and better compliance. For seniors with memory impairment, maintaining a medication regimen can be difficult. If a person takes a medication more often than directed, an overdose can occur. Or, if a person takes a medication less often than prescribed, it may appear the medicine isn’t working. Either situation can lead to additional doctor visits to adjust medication dosages, perhaps unnecessarily. A professional in-home caregiver can help ensure seniors take their medications on time, every time. This one-on-one caregiving also can help prevent falls, improve diet and hydration and address related issues to help avoid non-routine medical visits.
- Incidental transportation makes necessary doctor visits more efficient. Older adults with mild arthritis or other conditions that cause mobility problems may have to give up driving. This can cause a senior to feel stressed about how they’re going to get to a medical appointment and even cause them to miss routine appointments. A professional caregiver can transport seniors to their appointments, take notes in the exam room and then return them to their home. Enabling routine preventive care may help seniors avoid the emergency room or urgent care.
- Tracking symptoms can head off health problems. When seniors have a chronic health concern like diabetes or Parkinson’s disease, tracking symptoms can help avert an emergency room trip. Many Home Instead Senior Care® CAREGivers℠ have specialized training that enables them to identify subtle symptoms that may otherwise go unnoticed. If a CAREGiver notices a change in the senior’s condition, he or she can then implement a pre-determined plan to alert the family and get appropriate care for the older family member before the situation becomes an emergency. This is just one way professional in-home caregiving can potentially reduce senior medical visits.
Professional, in-home caregiving may help reduce the number of medical visits a senior must endure, and it also may help relieve the stress of family caregivers who desire better communication with medical professionals. One thing’s for sure: in-home care means more care. And more care can contribute to better health outcomes for seniors.
Download the whitepaper: “Paid In-Home Care: More Care & Better Care for Seniors” to learn more about how professional home care services for seniors can yield better outcomes.
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