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  • Prolonged independence and quality of life - Home care extends the period of time in which seniors can continue their routines in familiar settings. When compared to an institutional setting, clients with home care tend to experience a better quality of life.

 

  • Individualized care plans - At home clients control their care, meals, activities, schedule and environment. The unique needs of the individual, not the group, take priority.

 

  • One-on-one attention - The care and attention from caregivers is focused on one client (or two if a couple is married), which tends to provide a greater feeling of comfort and closeness for the older adult.

 

  • Flexibility - Home care is considerably more flexible than assisted living because it can be increased or decreased, and the daily timing of the visit can be easily changed. The extent of the care can range from only two hours up to 24x7.

 

  • Improved health and safety - Home settings generally provide less susceptibility to falls or exposure to contagious illnesses such as influenza and pneumonia as well as dangerous infections such as staphylococcus.

  • Cost effectiveness - Because it is flexible, home care can be customized to each client’s needs and limited to only the hours needed, thereby reducing costs.

 

  • Choice in caregivers - Since care is provided in the client’s home, clients have a greater choice in selecting caregivers. Matching clients with caregivers is of utmost importance in home care.

 

  • Connections with family and friends - We often have family, friends and support systems that are near to home.  When we move, those benefits may no longer be readily available.    

 

  • Comfort and security of familiar surroundings - As we age and become less independent we become more comfortable and secure to what is familiar to us. Moreover, studies have proven that individuals who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s are more likely to prosper at home than in unfamiliar settings.

 

  • Home care extends life - Studies show that people receiving home care tend to live longer and have a better quality of life. Home care adds years to life, and “life to years.”

Benefits

 

There are countless benefits of having a loved one cared for at home by DOVES.  The following are just a few of those benefits: