The Five Important Benefits of Home Healthcare for Elderly People


Home healthcare has become increasingly popular nowadays, as more elderly people need home medical care. Despite the improvement of medical care in the past few years, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said that Australia like many developed countries is now facing an ageing population brought about by "sustained low fertility and increasing life expectancy." For the year ended June 2009, 13.3% of Australia's population is 65 years old and above including 383,400 people that are 85 years old and above.

Making the Choice

Because of the unintended consequences of the latest medical breakthroughs, millions of adults are now finding themselves taking care of older relatives and parents. The reality is that it is a tough choice to find a balance between caring for your older loved ones and taking care of your own needs. If you get sick then you will not be able to take care of them too. That is why there has been a growing need for specialised home nursing services from professional home care nurses.

The important thing is that getting home healthcare services will give you the needed break without taking for granted your love one's medical care, consider the following benefits of letting a professional handle the difficult tasks:

  • 1. Precious Time
  • Honestly, time is the most important factor if you want home healthcare services. Getting extra help is necessary and in this case, you can focus more of your time preparing for your parents' birthdays or family reunion than spending it doing routine tasks like preparing medications or assisting household chores.

  • 2. Professional Assistance
  • Home care nurses are much reliable than getting the services from those who do not know how to handle critical situations. Since they have the expertise and experience in dealing with emergency health situations, a professional personal care attendant will be able to respond to any emergency or live-and-death situations with immediate medical attention.

  • 3. Social Interaction
  • No matter how much you love your parents or relatives and as much you have to keep constant communication and socialisation, you have to give them the chance to talk and interact with other people so that they will stay connected with what is happening to the world they live in. Even a simple companion care can sharpen their social skills with a personal care worker.

  • 4. Patient Support and Medication
  • We are always worried if our loved ones does not eat on time or eat nutritiously especially if we cannot be there to give them a meal. On the other hand, not being able to provide timely medications may jeopardise your love ones' health. Having home care nurses will make sure that your loved ones can eat a balance diet, take their medications on time and receive immediate medical care.

  • 5. Accessibility
  • Since complete medical care is now in-house, you do not have to worry about missing work or school to take your loved ones to the nearest hospital or health centre. Elderly people who are not capable of independent living are provided community nursing services and necessary ambulatory care.

These are some of the benefits when getting home healthcare services for the elderly. Instead of being pressured and burdened by your responsibilities to your loved ones, don't be a hero - consider home healthcare services as a practical alternative to trying to do everything on your own.

About the Author

LINCS Healthcare is a private nursing and personal care service specialising in home Healthcare.