According to a study conducted by the National Alliance of Caregiving and AARP, 15 percent of the estimated 34 million Americans who provide care to older parents or family members live an hour or more away from them.
Many people assume the best way for older adults to heal from serious injury or illness is to keep them in the hospital. But there are many reasons why allowing seniors to recover at home is better, Robert Garvey, outreach coordinator for Masonic Village Home Health in Elizabethtown, Pa., said.
When you’re ready to transition from a hospital or skilled rehabilitation facility back to your home, supportive services like home health care can make all the difference. “There are so many little things that home health can do that people don’t realize,” Catherine Merkey, outreach coordinator for Masonic Village Home Health in Elizabethtown, said. “It is what makes you successful after a health event happens and you’re transitioning back to your home.”
The number of Americans aged 65 or older is projected to reach 98 million by 2060 – more than double today’s number, according to the Administration for Community Living (ACL). Families needing an extra set of hands have a few options to choose from. Home health and home care are two distinct types of care to help aging relatives manage their health while providing them with a high quality lifestyle, Catherine Merkey, outreach coordinator for Masonic Village Home Health in Elizabethtown, said. She said many residents get confused by the two services and part of her job is to help educate them.