May is Mental Health Awareness month, and if you are a caregiver for an aging loved one, you’ve probably had moments where you feel overwhelmed by the sometimes daunting task of balancing the needs of your loved one with your own needs and personal obligations. Rightfully so, this strain can lead to caregiver burnout and compassion fatigue. If you find yourself facing burnout, it’s important to ask for help. Homecare services provide a solution to this problem and allow your loved one to live or recover in the comfort and familiarity of their own home environment.
Homecare services like those provided at Honeybee Homecare include traditional home health services like transitional care, hospital health care, and respite care. Other services offered include pet care, meal preparation, and companion care. Seeking services from homecare providers establishes boundaries that are important for reducing stress on you and your loved one.
A primary benefit of using home care services is that these services keep your loved one who is managing a chronic health condition or recovering from an injury where they want to be – at home! Other benefits of homecare services include:
Services provided by a trained professional. A trained nursing and home healthcare professional provides the services to your loved one, and this can offer a huge peace of mind knowing that your loved one is in the hands of someone trained to manage their specific needs in your absence.
More independence. Knowing he or she can stay in the comfort and familiarity of their own home environment lessens stress, and studies show that seniors recover more quickly and with fewer complications than in extended hospital stays.
Financial savings. Receiving medical and respite services in the home provides financial savings from fewer and shorter hospital stays. In many situations, home health care is covered by Medicare. Working with your home care provider can help determine your eligibility.
Personal and Diversified care. Homecare services are personalized to the specific needs of your loved one. This could include the daily changing of wound dressings, the administering and managing of medications to reduce unwanted interactions, or the management of pet care and meal preparation. This level of personalized and individual care is a hallmark of homecare.
Companionship for your senior. Receiving visits from the homecare team provides valuable companionship for your loved one, but having home care services also makes it easier for friends and relatives to visit an elderly loved one in their home than in the hospital or at a facility. With no time restrictions or set visiting hours that hospital or outpatient care facilities often have, patients get more social interaction with their friends and loved ones. This combats loneliness and brings families together.
If you are interested in exploring the many options provided through homecare services and you live in the metro Atlanta area, we’d love to meet you and provide a free, virtual or in-person, Health and Wellness Screening.