Seniors are choosing to live at home where they are comfortable, have more access to their friends and continue to be independent.
For many, though, staying home requires some assistance and fortunately home care services are available to help people stay in their homes.
The good news is that staying at home through the senior years is less expensive than moving to a senior care facility and more fun, found several recent studies. For the elderly and their families, it is also safer, by far.
“Aging in place” has found to be less costly than moving to a long-term care facility or nursing home, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services . Out of pocket expenses is much greater for institutional care than for home care, the study revealed.
Nursing homes and assisted living rates have grown higher than inflation while the cost of in-home care was less than 1 percent in the past five years, a Genworth Financial study showed.
To make life easier while keeping aging relatives at home, new technologies help improve the lives of the aging client and assist care givers at the same time.
The advent of new Internet applications supports home health care givers to assist their clients and families with smart technologies. Using sensors, GPS, voice activation, cellular connectivity with mobile phones and Bluetooth are a big boost to the in-home care giving industry, according to AARP .
While the current demographics of the oldest generation may not be comfortable with the newest technologies, caregivers are more in tune with electronic assistance and families are only to willing to supply the aids in helping to keep aging relatives at home.
Technology to enhance and support professional care givers such as exercise videos, video chat with long distance family members, health tracking and GPS monitoring for dementia patients at risk of wandering off in the middle of the night are significant assets for elderly home health care.
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