Posted by: Bert Copple | April 13, 2011

Home Instead Senior Care Studies Show Relevance of In-Home Care

A new study commissioned by Home Instead, Inc., will inform policy makers and the general public on the positive impact that home care services have on the senior-care continuum.

On March 8, the Home Office released The Value of Caregiving at Home study – often referred to as “the Outcomes study” – and is promoting it to trade publications, the mainstream media and policy makers.

The study compared senior care provided by older adults’ family members with that offered by professional, in-home non-medical caregivers. It determined that professional in-home medical care can help family caregivers provide their senior loved ones with more and better care.

“This helpful study clearly demonstrates the importance and value of home care to a large number or older persons and their family caregivers,” said Dr. Peter Boling, a geriatrician at Virginia Commonwealth University and lead advisor for the study. “It should inform policy makers looking to improve the quality and reduce the cost of care for older Americans, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease.”

The study builds on another study commissioned by Home Instead, Inc., titled “Is Home-Health Care a Substitute for Hospital Care?,” often referred to as “the Columbia University study.” That research, conducted by Columbia University professor Dr. Frank Lichtenberg shows that seniors prefer to “age in place” at home and that paid, in-home, non-medical care saves as much as $25 billion per year in the U.S., primarily in high hospital payroll costs.

Together, the studies reinforce the possibilities and opportunities of aging in place – a message that Home Instead Senior Care has since the beginning always professed. Here are links to the white papers of the conducted studies:

“Paid In-Home Care: A Growing Part of the Medical-Care Continuum”

“Paid In-Home Care: Improving the Lives of Family Caregivers”

“Paid In-Home Care: Benefitting Those With Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia”

“Paid In-Home Care: More Care & Better Care for Seniors”

“This study confirms what we consistently see – that in-home care has a major, positive impact when it comes to caring for seniors,” said Paul Hogan. “The challenge now is to ensure that home care is viewed as a bona fide part of the care continuum for seniors.”

Home Instead Senior Care will provide outstanding CAREGivers to help your loved one with personal care, incidental travel, companionship, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and even meal preparation. To learn more, call 248-203-2273 or visit www.homeinstead.com. Home Instead Senior Care is the world’s trusted source of in-home non-commercial personal care and companionship for seniors. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. And remember, to us, it’s personal.

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