As individuals age, they in most times require help with their day to day chores. This poses a challenge to their family since the aged individuals can no longer live independently. Their family members on the other hand have busy schedules, making it difficult for them to take care of their elderly. The main question is whether to allow such person to live at home or be moved to elderly care homes. Elderly care homes are facilities that offer the aged with long term care. In as much as it has its shortcomings, putting a loved one in a home for the elderly has many benefits. Discussed below are some of the benefits of choosing elderly care homes over a residential home.
Assistance with daily tasks
With old age, conducting daily chores and activities continue to be a challenge. At the nursing home, the elderly are assisted with their daily chore such as bathing, taking meals, using the restroom, administering medicine among other things. Moreover, the nursing facilities offer the elderly with all sorts of meals and snacks. This comes in handy since most of the aged have dietary requirements due to their health. Some of the home cares go the extra mile of hiring a nutritionist who ensures that the residents enjoy balanced meals that are healthy.
Health care services
In a place where many people are closely living together, infections and illness are likely to spread fast. It is due to this reason that most of the home cares are staffed with healthcare professionals. The health care services that are offered include health monitoring services, administration of the patient’s daily prescription, emergency services among others. Residents with chronic and acute health conditions are provided with the necessary care needed. Such conditions include cancer, diabetes, and renal failure among others. Notably, the elderly have a right of involving their family members in deciding on the most appropriate medical treatment, in cases where they are unable to decide. Moreover, the residents have a right to a personal doctor. This ensures that the elderly lead healthy lives.
Safety and a sense of belonging
In most cases, the elderly are prone to physical, financial as well as emotional abuse. This is due to the fact that they are not in a position of defending themselves. In a home care, such individuals are protected from any possible abuse. Therefore, the homes offer them security and a sense of belonging. In the same wavelength, the nursing home is a place where the elderly get to interact with their peers. They are able to build a social life and get to share their personal experiences. They enjoy each other’s company and rarely are the individuals lonely. This interaction not only builds their confidence but their emotional health is enhanced. Moreover, the elderly are allowed to keep their personal belongings. They are at liberty of possessing anything that they consider dear. This keeps them happy and can even lead to a long life span.
Privacy and confidentiality
The home care ensures that they keep matters concerning family and health of the residents confidential. The patients’ medical record can only be issued to third parties only with the authority of such persons. The residents are as well issued with private space when their families come to visit.