The Value of In-Home Care


The future of long-term elder care is an important issue in America.

Medicare predicts that there will be 12 million elders in America who need care by 2020.


As we age, certain activities of daily living often become challenging, but when we are not yet to the level of disability that requires the 24 hour supervision and assistance of community-based care, there is a viable alternative. This is where the value of In-Home care is found...In-home care preserves the dignity and independence of the individual, thereby increasing their quality of life.


Here are some of the reasons why up to 90% of individuals prefer to remain in their own homes.


  • Dorothy said it best:"There's no place like home!" There is nothing like the comfort and familiarity of being cared for in one's own home. In-home care is the most effective form of health care delivered in terms of customer satisfaction. It all comes back to the fact that people prefer to be at home.

  • In-home care helps keep families together. Families benefit from the relationships fostered with the elderly person when they remain at home and can share their lifetimes of memories and learning.

  • In-home care can prevent or postpone the transition to living in a long-term care facility which is unfamiliar and can be intimidating due to feelings of loss of control over one's own life.

  • Medical evidence has shown that in-home care promotes healing as most individuals recover more quickly at home. Illness increases stress and anxiety which can be at least partially alleviated when this care is provided in the individual's own home.  Compare this to taking an elderly person away from their loved one and familiar surroundings. At no time is family more important than during times of illness.

  • In-home care is often regarded as the safest alternative when assistance is needed as it is no secret that people pick up infections and other complications when they live amid a chronically ill population, such as in a hospital or long-term care facility.

  • In-home care means personalized care. A high quality in-home care organization will provide Registered nurses to develop the Plan of Care for the individual, in cooperation with the individual's MD.

  • In-home care often gets the entire family involved in providing care. Immediate and extended family members often take an active role at different times of the day.

  • In-home care is delivered by a special group of people, for whom the satisfaction of helping others and making a difference in the life of another is their primary motivation.

  • Studies by nursing schools and government agencies have found that in-home care extends life. Visits by home care personnel can provide spiritual as well as medical support.

  • In-home care is less expensive than other forms of care. The cost of home care is always less expensive than hospitalization and almost always more affordable than nursing home or assisted living care. This is one reason why in-home care is most rapidly growing component of health care expenditure in the United States.

  • Technology will make in-home care even more desirable in the future, due to medical and technological advances on the forefront that will make it possible to diagnose, monitor and treat illness at a distance.

  • And last, but definitely not least, in-home care provides respite and assistance to the family members and friends of the individual receiving it, thereby increasing the quality of life for them as well!