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Institutional care or home care?

Most older people wish to remain independent and continue living in their own homes for as long as possible. To achieve this goal, it is important for them to know that institutional care is not their only choice if they find they require help with daily care or tasks around the house.

Home Nursing Group’s team is devoted to providing care and assistance for older people who choose to maintain their quality of life by living safe, comfortable and well-supported lives in their homes. Home care is a sustainable and suitable option for many seniors, and has many advantages over nursing homes.

When people leave their family home, the move can be difficult or even traumatic. This is why HNG supports seniors who choose to stay in familiar surroundings, surrounded by family, friends and the community. This concept of ‘ageing in place’ offers numerous benefits:

  • Remaining in their own home is the most comfortable option for older people, as they are surrounded by their own belongings and memories.
  • The familiarity of their home offers both psychological reassurance and physical ease as they go about their day.
  • Home care offers seniors the opportunity to remain more independent in their actions.
  • They may also maintain pre-established community connections with their neighbours, locals, and friends. And of course, they may keep their much-loved pets, rather than bidding a sad farewell to their loyal companions.

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As older people age in place, they may begin to find that they require additional assistance in their everyday routines. At this time, some will consider entering a nursing home for institutional care. But in fact, home nursing can offer care to seniors with the added benefits of comfort and familiarity as they age.

Home Nursing Group provides many services, including:

  • Domestic assistance to help older people with the cleaning of their home, their dishes, and their clothes, as well as grocery shopping.
  • Home maintenance to help keep the home in a safe and liveable condition, via lawn mowing, rubbish removal, changing light bulbs, repairing leaks, and more.
  • Social support to assist in the participation of community life.
  • Respite care to provide carers with a break by providing support for a loved one.

These services vary based entirely on the needs of the individual, meaning your loved ones can receive as much assistance as they need while they are ageing in place.

The services are also flexible enough to change over time should circumstances change.

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Moreover, there has been a recent influx of new technologies that help seniors maintain independence in their homes. This includes: emergency buttons worn around the neck or wrist to call for help; small sensors throughout the home that can alert family members or carers when it senses a lack of activity or a fall; advanced technologies that fulfill household activities with little or no assistance from the resident; and many other technology packages to give seniors more choice and control over their everyday lives.

With all of these options available, home nursing is an increasingly viable choice, and in fact has many advantages over institutional care:

  • Primary focus – Nursing homes vary in their staff numbers, but tend to average one staff member for fifteen residents. Conversely, when a HNG team member visits a home, their sole focus is the senior living there, ensuring their needs are never overlooked.
  • Personal space – Living with a large number of other residents in close quarters can lead to feelings of inundation, and this environment can be made even more difficult if any residents do not get along. But living in one’s own home establishes a sense of personal space and belonging, which helps prevent depression.
  • Cost – Many people are surprised to find that home care is often the more affordable choice over nursing homes. Institutional care provides full-time nursing that is similar to a hospital, and thus can become a financial burden over time.
  • Freedom – Nursing homes are generally highly structured in their daily routines. But when older people continue living in the comfort of their own home, they can benefit from the independence of spending their days as they please. This can have exponential benefits for their psychological well-being, as well as their sense of self-confidence.

Your loved ones deserve to make a choice. Home Nursing Group aims to provide the best level of home care to meet the needs of older people who make that decision, and ensure they are able to continue living in their own homes for as long as they wish to do so.

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