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What Exactly is Senior Home Health Care?

There are quite a lot of stress points that can be associated with getting older. While some of them can be rather vain, others are quite serious and important such as who exactly will be caring for you once you reach a certain age or if you become disabled. There are quite a lot of options available. You may move into in a senior assisted living facility or have a live in caregiver. Many people may even choose to move in with their children.  These are only a few of the many available options, but not all of them may be available to you. Most people choose to settle for at home healthcare, but the question is what exactly is it?

Home healthcare is a wonderful setup which allows you to have health care at home, meaning that you can receive the assistance you need in your home without having to worry about racing to the doctor, relocating into a senior assisted living facility or having to move into a nursing home. You will be able to receive the help that you need without having to leave the comfort of your own home ensuring that you still maintain some semblance of independence. Home healthcare is when a qualified professional comes to visit your home on a regular basis in order to make sure you are have the regular medical attention that you need in order to lead a comfortable life and manage whatever conditions that you may have.

These at home healthcare professionals tend to be nurses, but there are other qualified professionals that can provide at home healthcare as well. If you happen to need a little more assistance than a home  healthcare nurse can provide to you than you always have the option of hiring a live in caregiver as well. The majority of people do not want to have to leave the comfort of their own home or even relocate to a senior assisted living facility in order to receive additional care that they may need. A live in caregiver or an at home healthcare professional are rather easy to find; all you have to do is check with your local care provider.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2007 (the most recent year data is available) there were over 1.5 million people receiving at home healthcare. These patients received care for an average of 315 days, and the most common primary diagnoses was diabetes. These statistics have only grown in recent years, and bolster the notion that more and more people are choosing to live out their lives at home rather than place themselves in senior assisted living or nursing homes. After all, people have worked hard to make the houses they buy a home. Why would they want to leave the comfort of that home in their waning years?