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Fact vs Fiction: The Truth About Inhome care

As the nation grows more aware of preventative wellness and the power of physical activity well into the senior years, the elderly population is thriving longer than ever. As families seek out ways to keep older members independent and at home, in-home care has become a booming societal phenomenon.


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) “Aging in Place” program identifies seniors’ common at-home living concerns are related to their financial, safety and socializing norms. They may worry about estrangement from cherished friends and decreased mobility for outings just as much as imbalanced household finances. Others desire support to upkeep good health, such as reminders to eat right and take medicines on time. These valid factors leave people skeptical in-home care can make the difference to justify foregoing assisted living centers and nursing homes. Organizations like Tandem Careplanning help families address these issues while offering trustworthy, professional care teams. Reputable in-home care organizations consist of rigorously screened and background-checked workers trained to act compassionately in long partnerships with families.

Common Myths to Relinquish

In-Home Carers are not as qualified as nursing home staff.

Certified nursing assistants handle the lion’s share of interaction and duties for seniors in nursing homes. Nurses, doctors, activity coordinators and physical therapists come in on intermittent or as-needed bases. These assistants can be responsible for entire floors and wings of residents in varying states of health, independence and crisis. In-home carers, however, come from a full range of backgrounds. Many are CNA licensees who want to escape impossible demands to care for dozens of people they can barely get to know. Only one client at a time receives their full attention and efforts in the in-home care evolution. Refresher training, group support and continuing education programs are resources in-home carers receive from agencies.

In-Home Care is one size fits all.

In-home care once only meant emergency or temporary help after extremities of life like surgeries and illnesses. Yet it has evolved into collaborative relationships among sprite seniors, their families and carers committed to maintaining normal day-to-day life. In-home care is there to preserve life conditions and keep older people excited to look forward to their days. A carer becomes their reliable “accountability partner” for everything from prescription refills to safe diets to dietary restrictions. This helps mature citizens retain flexibility and creativity over their schedules, activities and meals right at home.

In-Home Care is unaffordable.

In-home care is a bustling employment sector because so many families desire it now. Competent carers come in a range of price points. Society now respects the need for seniors to prevent costly health emergencies and huge nursing home bills. Many subsidy, grant and insurance programs offset costs of in-home care in order to avoid much higher costs later. Devastating accidents at home alone or neglect in nursing homes are long-term costs no one can afford. As more people retire with their spirits and wills intact, in-home care is a refreshing option to consider.

Allen Wilson

Allen has been writing about gardening for over 30 years. He is a retired professor of Horticulture.