Why Home Care
Q: What is home care?
A: Not all in-home care is the same. An individual who shows signs of Alzheimer’s, but has no physical impairment, may only require assistance with paying bills, getting to appointments, or running errands. Others may require more assistance with day-to-day tasks that do not require a move to a skilled nursing facility or nursing home. Helping your loved one to remain in their own home by providing them with home care allows them a modicum of dignity and self-respect. A few hours of home care assistance per day can actually prevent a trip to the hospital or keep them out of nursing homes.
For individuals with a challenging physical and/or cognitive impairment who require help with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and eating, home care is a game changer. However, home care is also beneficial to those who are in good health. They are provided companionship, help in and around the home, transportation to run errands or to attend social functions, and help to remain active and engaged.
Q: What are some of the benefits of home care?
A: Home care allows the individual the choice to age at home and promotes peace of mind and wellness for family members who know their loved ones are getting the care they need and deserve. Home care improves health, safety, and emotional well-being of the individual. It reduces the cost of our nation’s health care system by improving health outcomes, strengthening preventive care, and lowering hospital admissions and readmissions.
Q: How can home care improve the physical and mental well-being of the individual?
A: Having one-on-one care can help prevent falls, keep the individual on track with medications, provide nutritious and healthy meals fixed the way they like, and help maintain good personal hygiene. Caregivers can also help provide doctors with valuable information that may help to improve diagnosis and treatment, as well as help keep family members in tune with the needs of their loved one. The result is better health outcomes and lower overall health care costs.
A caregiver’s companionship not only impacts the individual’s physical wellbeing, but their emotional health as well. Isolation and loneliness is not only a social problem, it is a serious health issue. Companionship has been shown to help deter diseases such as Alzheimer’s by keeping the individual mentally stimulated. The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry found that older adults who described themselves as lonely were twice as likely to develop dementia. A caregiver may discuss current events, listen to stories about the individuals past, play games, share meals, and help keep them engaged.
Q: How does home care benefit the family as a whole?
A: In the past and in other places, generations of family lived together or very close to one another. Younger family members learned from the wisdom of elders, and in turn the younger generations made sure that their elders were comfortable and well cared for. In today’s world not every elder person has family that is close and able to accept such responsibilities, or perhaps families have such busy schedules that they are unable to provide that support.
Providing your loved one with home care can help alleviate some of the stress that come with the responsibility of caring for a family member. Care Managers and Caregivers can help you work through the many different challenges that you face. They will establish a “one-on-one” relationship with you and your loved ones, and act as your advocate.
Removing that stress factor often times relieves tension that is related to the task of managing an individual’s care. When a person chooses home care over assisted living it gives them the opportunity to better involve their friends and family with treatment choices.
Q: How does home care differ from a facility when it comes to continuity?
A: Home care offers the benefit of continuity. The providers are almost always the same and therefore promote relationship building between the individual and the Caregiver. The rotational nature of staff in many assisted living facilities does not offer the same comfort and ability to build relationships and trust. By receiving one-on-one care from a known Caregiver in the home, your loved one is likely to receive a higher quality of care than in an environment that is less consistent or unfocused.
Most times CNA's in a facility are often times to busy to focus on an individual, and are unable to spend any additional time with your loved one. With in-home care the Caregivers focus is solely on their client, your loved one. They get the attention they need and deserve while getting the best care possible. This time allows them to form a bond and a trusting relationship that increases the quality of care they receive.
Q: How does having in home care prevent injuries?
A: The number one cause of emergency room visits and the leading cause of injury death among individuals age 65 or older is falls. Falls can easily happen while attempting simple household tasks. Caregivers complete many of these everyday tasks, helping prevent accidents that could otherwise potentially lead to serious injury requiring months of rehabilitative care or in some cases even death.
Having that one on one care that in-home caregiving provides can give you peace of mind that you loved one’s needs are being met while keeping them safe from harm.
Q: Why Elfin over other companies?
A: Elfin Services is a local family owned and operated business that was started in 2001. Elfin’s creators realized that there was a great need for high quality advocacy for the elderly and others in need; and for experienced, compassionate Care Management and Caregiving. In today’s world not every elder person has family that is close and able to accept such responsibilities, or perhaps families have such busy schedules that they are unable to provide that support.
Our goal as Care Managers is to fill the role that the kind and knowledgeable daughter or the dependable son would if they were available. We can help you work through the many different challenges that you face. Elfin Care Managers will establish a relationship with you and your loved ones. It will be our responsibility to listen to you and get to know you, so that we can understand what kind of assistance is needed and what you would like to have happen. From that point we act as your advocate in any area that you ask us to.
If you need someone to be with you, or your loved one in complex medical situations, we will be there. Need help navigating the sometimes difficult to understand insurance companies or Medicare, we can do that. If you need assistance with such issues as transportation or with complex financial issues, we have the experience and expertise.
In some cases you (or your loved one) may not be able to stay at home because an injury or illness leaves you unable to care for yourself. As a fully licensed Washington State Home Care Agency (License # IS-110) we are able to provide the most skilled and compassionate caregivers available. Our Caregivers provide assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing, feeding, personal hygiene, toileting, and any other non-medical services required. Elfin Services can even handle nurse delegated assigned tasks, if needed. With the support of these wonderful caregivers, our clients can often safely stay in their home instead of being forced to move.
Caregiving services are available as needed, 24 hours a day seven days a week. We provide services in Vancouver and neighboring SW Washington communities.
For more information on the value of home care, please click here.
For more information in regards to home care, please check out the links below:
www.hcaoa.org (Home Care Association of America)
www.globalcoalitiononaging.com (Global Coalition on Aging)
http://www.hcaoa.org/assets/1/6/HCAOA-Fast_Facts-2_11.pdf (Home Care Facts and Figures)