When people think about aged care, they would often think of residential care, where older Australians access accommodation and personal care services in a care facility setting. However, a recent Australian Government survey found that 83% of people over 60 would prefer to stay living in their own home than in a facility as they get older.
Older Australians prefer to 'age in place' as housing mobility declines in age. Studies show that fewer older people are moving into residential aged care and instead, receive care in their own home.
As you age, you or your loved one might require extra help around the home, and this is where home care services may become an advantage.
What are the benefits of home care?
1. Familiar surroundings
There is no place like home. Familiar surroundings help you and your loved ones stay comfortable, in the comfort of your homes. A change of environment can be stressful and may require time to adjust. Living in a place you are familiar with, or you have spent a certain amount of time in, keeps you grounded and at ease to go about your daily activities.
Residential aged care has 24/7 round the clock assistance available, but lacks the privacy and independence that some would prefer. Home care creates a space for you to have your own time with yourself, friends and family, the way you would like it.
3. Reduces caregiver stress
Additional help at home means that this could reduce caregiver stress by allowing the caregiver to get respite care. If you are a caregiver, you can stay close to your loved ones without worrying who is caring for them. There is also the freedom to visit or stay with your loved one at home without having to deal with the hassle of any visitor restrictions in a residential aged care facility.
4. Keeping things your way
Being at home means you could keep things your way, how you want it, where you want it. Decorating your home, tending to your vegetable garden or cooking your favourite meal in the kitchen are some perks of the autonomy you have from staying at home.
At Your Aged Care at Home, we believe in promoting the independence and dignity of all individuals by improving their overall physical, mental and social well-being through providing in-home care services. Specialising in home care, we strive to help our clients achieve their goals of healthy aging and improved overall wellbeing.