The aging population in the United States is increasing at a rapid rate. This is due to the baby boomers reaching their golden years and living longer than previous generations. However, eventually time begins to catch up with these individuals, and they reach the point where they are no longer able to provide complete care alone. It is when they reach this point they may consider nursing care in home.
It does not matter how sick or impaired a person may become; they usually do not want to leave their home in order to receive necessary care, or move into a nursing home. They will decide to continue living in the home until they have a major accident that will leave them dependent on others for assistance. These types of situations have always had a sad outcome, until now. Nursing care in home has become one of the most popular trends in the elder healthcare industry.
Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
Although there is numerous skilled care nursing facilities in almost every community in the country, most families elect not to move their elderly loved ones into these facilities. In fact, a lot of this concern has stemmed from past horror stories of abuse and neglect that has occurred in nursing homes. There have been cases of Alzheimerâ€™s patients walking away from facilities and employees stealing from residents.
It has also been well documented that the risk of seniors developing depression increases when they are not around family and friends in familiar surroundings.
The bad reputations have led to more families looking for alternatives for elder care, one alternative beingÂ nursing care in home.
The Failure of Inspections
Family members would like to think that those who are in charge of inspecting these facilities are making sure that everything is reported, documented and the appropriate actions are taken. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Many inspectors fail to mention or address numerous medical issues such as bedsores, malnutrition, filth and prescription medication abuse. As these stories become more common, families are left in the position of finding a safe and comfortable alternative for their loved ones.
Nursing Care In Home
It is important to note that nursing care in home can also be a good or bad experience. It will depend on the agency you work with, the caregiver who is working in the home, the relationship between caregiver and client, as well as a care plan that can address all of the needs your loved one has.
Do you need additional information on in home care in the Houston area? Contact us for more information or to schedule a free in-home assessment.