A Few Reasons Why Premier Home Care Is Your
89% would rather live at home
than anywhere else.
Senior citizens fear moving into a nursing
home and losing their independence more than they fear death, according
to a study reported in
The Wall Street Journal. When asked what they fear most, seniors
rated loss of independence (26%) and moving out of home into a nursing
home (13%) as their greatest fears. Death was cited as the greatest fear
for just 3% of seniors. Furthermore, 82% of Baby Boomers fear their
parents will be mistreated in a nursing home and 89% fear their parents
will be sad.
Staying at home is most
Nothing beats the comfort of staying at
home. This is true not only in comparison to an institution, but even
compared to moving in with a family member. Any move is stressful.
Combine moving with the recent loss of a spouse, the onset of dementia
or a growing disability-and even the simplest transition can feel
traumatic. Being able to receive needed care right within the
familiarity of one's own home uplifts the spirit. "Aging in place" and
even eliminates many safety risks that come with moving into and moving
around in new places.
Premier Home Care prolongs
independence and prevents institutionalization.
It doesn't take much in the form of a
mobility limitation or mental decline to render people unable to care
for themselves. Simple tasks like bathing, using the toilet, cooking-let
alone driving to the store or to appointments-become difficult ordeals.
Yet the inability to accomplish these basic tasks shouldn't condemn a
person to institutionalized care. Fortunately, if they can be assisted
with these tasks, these same people can lead fully productive and
independent lives. The personal independence that home care gives them
delivers huge benefits in their physical and mental well-being-and also
benefits their families and society as a whole.
Premier Home Care's care is
Institutionalized residents are at high risk
for developing acute illnesses such as pneumonia, dehydration,
gastroenteritis and even antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus infections.
With a single caregiver attending to many people, it's harder to control
cross contamination from one infected resident to another. The
one-on-one personal attention by an in-home caregiver greatly lowers the
risk of such illnesses. Plus, home caregivers can devote 100% of their
attention to preventing falls, wandering, bed sores, and kitchen
injuries, and will even call 911 within seconds of an emergency.
Premier Home Care reduces stress
and depression for the whole family.
A conservative estimate reports that 20% of
family caregivers suffer from depression, twice the rate of the general
population. The "role reversal" of family caregiving is equally
stressful on the relative giving care and the one receiving care. Elders
especially remain keenly aware of the increasing physical and mental
losses they are suffering. Plus they may feel embarrassed to require a
family member (especially their child) help them with certain issues,
such as toilet care. Transitioning to an institution can be even more
stressful. Hiring Premier Home Care not only relieves the caregiving
relative, it requires the minimum stress-inducing change for the one who
needs the care.
6. Home Care improves the
quality of life.
By remaining in their home, with proper
care, seniors are able to maintain the lifestyle and luxuries they are
accustomed to enjoying. Keeping all their possessions, and familiar
surroundings, Premier Home Care clients are able to visit the
same stores, restaurants, neighbors and parks they already know. Plus,
they can engage in the same activities they love, rather than expected
to join in group activities with comparative strangers. They can even
just savor their privacy and live their life on their own schedule.
Agency-based home care is more
Turning to Premier Home Care to
provide your home care is much more reliable and safe compared to hiring
an independent caregiver. If your caregiver runs late or becomes ill or
is unable to keep the scheduled visit, an agency will be on your side,
working to find a qualified substitute caregiver as soon as possible.
With an independent caregiver, you're on your own. Agency caregivers are
also more thoroughly screened than independents. In addition to national
criminal background and credit checks, Home Care Assistance also
administers an exclusive psychological exam to verify honesty and
conscientiousness. Good agency caregivers are also bonded and insured
and are verified to be legal for employment. Agencies also take care of
the responsibilities of taxes, benefits and workers compensation. Those
differences can more than make up for the cost savings of hiring an