We at Joghide Home Care believe that elderly people do prefer to receive care at their homes rather than moving to a care home. It is grounded in various factors that encompass physical, emotional, social, and practical considerations. While not universally true for every individual, this belief has gained prominence for several reasons:
- Familiarity and Comfort: Home is a place where people have spent significant portions of their lives. It holds cherished memories and familiarity that can offer a sense of comfort and security, especially for the elderly. Being surrounded by their own belongings, furniture, and the environment they are accustomed to can alleviate stress and anxiety often associated with moving to a new place.
- Independence and Autonomy: Many elderly individuals value their independence and autonomy. Staying at home allows them to maintain control over their daily routines, activities, and decisions. They can continue to engage in tasks they are capable of handling, preserving their sense of self-worth and dignity.
- Emotional Well-being: Moving to a care home can be emotionally challenging for elderly individuals. It can trigger feelings of loss, abandonment, and isolation. Remaining in familiar surroundings, near their friends, neighbours, and community, helps combat feelings of loneliness and depression, promoting emotional well-being.
- Personalised Care and Familiar Support: Care provided at home can be tailored to the specific needs and preferences of the individual. Family members, friends, and familiar caregivers are often involved in providing assistance. This personal touch can enhance the quality of care and foster stronger emotional bonds.
- Sense of Belonging: Home is a place where one belongs, and this sense of belonging is crucial, particularly as people age. Being in a care home might sometimes lead to feelings of detachment from one’s past, community, and identity.
- Maintaining Social Connections: Ageing doesn’t mean a loss of social connections. Staying at home allows the elderly to maintain existing relationships and be a part of their social circle. Regular interactions with neighbours, friends, and family members can contribute to their overall happiness and mental health.
- Cost Considerations: Care homes often come with a significant financial burden. Ageing individuals and those responsible for funding their care, such as family members, or government programs, may prefer the option of receiving care at home as a potentially more cost-effective solution.
- Personalised Health Care: Some elderly individuals might have complex medical needs that are better addressed in their own environment. Home care services can be tailored to these needs and coordinated with medical professionals to ensure a comprehensive and personalised approach to healthcare.
- Respect for Personal Choices: Respecting the wishes of the elderly is crucial. If they have expressed a desire to stay at home, their preferences should be taken into account whenever possible to maintain their dignity and sense of control over their own lives.
- Transition Challenges: Moving to a care home can be physically and emotionally taxing. The process of adjusting to a new living situation, adapting to a different routine, and building new relationships can be daunting, especially for those who may already be dealing with health issues.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any opinions, whether you agree or disagree with our perspective.
Marek Niedzwiedz, CEO