There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding the topic of in-home care provided by personal caregivers. To help you directly compare myths versus facts, we’ve compiled some of the most common sentiments and provided you with the facts. Take a look at what you should consider when exploring the option of in-home care or you or an aging loved one.
Myth: It’s too expensive.
Fact: The perception of the cost of in-home personal care is a very important topic, so let’s talk numbers. The national average daily cost for a private nursing home room is $253 dollars a day, according to a survey by Genworth Financial. The national average daily cost for in-home care services is $125 per day assuming 44 hours per week. Nursing care can cost nearly twice as much as home care. And while it can provide 24/7 services, many seniors residing at home don’t need that intensive level of round-the-clock support. In fact, many home-based seniors do not even need 44 hours of home care a week.
Myth: It will be awkward having a ‘stranger’ in the home.
Fact: While a personal care provider will be new at first, it’s just like meeting a friend for the first time. After a few interactions, you quickly learn more about one another and then there will come a time when you can’t remember not having them in your life. The same is true for a personal care provider working in your home or a home of a loved one. Yes, it will take some time and effort to forge a relationship, but given that they will be around frequently, and helping with essential tasks, it takes hardly any time to start to form a bond.
Myth: Home care is only for people who are very sick or terminally ill.
Fact: It’s important to not confuse home care for hospice. While each serve very important, and at times similar roles, they are different. In-home personal care works wonderfully for those who may only need assistance a few days a week to ensure their personal needs are met. In fact, these may be fairly mobile and independent people who simply need an extra set of hands or a regular check-in to ensure they are safe and well.
Myth: My parents are doing fine. It’s way too early to be thinking about this.
Fact: No one wants to believe that their parents are getting old and struggling to take care of themselves. As children, we want to forever believe our parents are as capable as they have always been. But the reality is this way of thinking is not helpful to our aging loved ones or ourselves. It’s important to be tuned into what’s really taking place. If your mom needs help remembering to take the correct medications at the correct times, or your dad is having difficulty balancing the check book, a personal care provider can help with all of this and more while enabling them to remain living comfortably in their own home.
Myth: We’re capable of handling this on our own.
Fact: Some families may believe they can fully handle the needs of their aging relatives on their own. And in some instances, maybe they can. But if you’re like most families, you have work obligations and other personal obligations that fill up most of your time. You wouldn’t want your mom or dad to become an added stress on your schedule or to be seen as yet one more item on your to-do list in a day. With an in home care provider, children get to remain children to their parents, even as they age. Sometimes being both a child and a caregiver can be too much and put a strain on a relationship that should be cherished.
Myth: My mom or dad are completely against it.
Fact: It’s perfectly naturally to be opposed to change, at least at first. There are many unknowns and misconceptions that can cause us to form a negative opinion without all the facts. If you find your mom or dad have expressed that they are against having a personal caregiver in their home, urge them to try it for just one week. What harm can it do? This will give them a chance to experience the benefits and really see that it’s like so they can make an informed decision based on experience and fact.
Myth: It will look like I’m putting my responsibilities on someone else.
Fact: First of all, who cares what anyone else thinks especially if you are acting in the best interest of your family? Second, seeking help for something that is beyond your ability is the most responsible thing you can do. It in no way reflects that you don’t care for your aging loved one. In fact, the opposite is true. It demonstrates your level of love and commitment to them by seeking out the best possible for of care to keep them safe and healthy as long as possible.
Are you or someone you know considering the help of an in-home personal caregiver for a loved one? We hope you found these myths vs. fact helpful and enlightening. If you should have additional questions or wish to explore your options for personal care, please do not hesitate to contact us today.