Home is where the heart is healthiestTrueCareAdmin
Individuals cannot determine their quality of life by looking at just one aspect of their wellbeing. Instead, they must evaluate their emotional, intellectual and physical states, in order to paint a more complete picture. This multiplies the considerations when making life-changing decisions, including where and how best to live—whether assisted in a nursing home or independently in their own homes.
“There is a time and place for every living situation” says Dianna Holmes, COO at People TrueCare, “Most seniors will want to stay in their homes because of the strong emotional bonds they have with it.”
Along with these emotional ties, there may also be health benefits to staying at home rather than opting for the assisted living of a shared facility.
For instance, “It’s clinically proven that large groups of people often share communicable, viral infections, things like colds,” Holmes says, “Individuals living in single-family residences have stricter control over their environment and the comings and goings of other people.”
Evidence also suggests that infection rates are lower for individuals recovering from surgery at home than those in a facility.
Remaining at home also allows seniors to maintain their customary diet, individually tailored to any eating restrictions they may have. “It’s much harder to get what you want when a kitchen is cooking for a large group, rather than for a single table,” Holmes explains, “You can’t underestimate the nutritional benefits of home-made and from-scratch cooking on an individual’s long term health.” adding that individuals living at home are also in a better position to dictate their meal times.
Remaining in a familiar setting also allows seniors be physically close to their possessions they treasure, keep a schedule they’re accustomed to and do activities they prefer.
“When considering what an ideal living situation is for Mom or Dad, ask them what their goals are,” Holmes recommends, “Every situation is unique. Finding a customizable solution that keeps people in their own homes can be a great option.”