What is long-term home care for seniors?
Long-term care at home for seniors mostly involves services provided by trained professionals. Such services aim to meet both medical and non-medical needs of seniors who are unable to care for themselves due to ageing, chronic illness or any disability.
Medical needs include administering medicines or injections on a timely basis, dressing wounds, post-surgical care, physiotherapy or performing other medical procedures at home. Non-medical needs include assisting in normal day-to-day activities like feeding, bathing, using the bathroom, going out for a walk etc.
Long-term care includes hospice care. It is specially designed to support, physically and psychologically, those people who are in the terminal stages of diseases like cancer. The purpose of such care is not curing; it is providing such patients a pain-free and comfortable life. Such care enables patients to live each day to the fullest. It also prepares the family of the patient for the inevitable end and ensure a good quality of life until the end.
Long-term care that is tailored to the specific needs of seniors has many advantages.
- It is far more affordable than the other available options.
- Seniors usually love the comfort of their homes, being in a familiar environment with professional care may make them feel comfortable, safe and confident.
- Professional care may reduce the number of trips to the hospital.
- Long-term care may enable seniors to be as independent as possible
Who can use long-term care?
Long-term care can be used by seniors who need special or general care:
- Treatments that involve complex medical equipment and constant monitoring
- Chronic illness e.g. dementia, arthritis, diabetes etc.
- Temporary or permanent disabilities
- Naturally aged
How long can long-term care be?
Long-term care for seniors can be either for a short period of time like for a couple of months. Or it could be for a longer period lasting the duration of the senior’s life. This depends upon the needs of the senior. For progressive chronic diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s long-term care usually lasts the lifetime of the senior. In case of injuries like fracture of the back bone, such care may be shorter lasting for three or four months.
Home care in India is catching on. There are many home care organizations like One Life that provide professional care for seniors. However, it is important to select the right kind of care to benefit from it. Refer to our article- “What to look for in choosing home health care”.
At One Life, we provide preventive and curative home care. Look us up here or call us on our Tollfree number 1800 425 19999 to see if our services suit your needs.