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Caring For an Elderly Relative Versus Nursing Home Care

Homecare is becoming more and more popular with technological innovations that allow you to monitor your elderly patients from afar. The technology that has come up is called “telehealth” and is made up of remote monitoring cameras and emergency alert systems that ensure your elderly patients receive the care they need while being able to alert professionals in cases of emergency.

Homecare is much less expensive than nursing home care. A one year stay at a nursing home can cost as much as $60,000. This is not economically feasible for most Americans who do not qualify for aid. Very few people can incur this much cost out of pocket. Add to it the medical costs associated with aging, and it makes it nearly impossible for middle income families to pay. Homecare on the other hand, is becoming a much more viable option with the popularity of visiting nurses and trained certified nursing assistants. If you do not need intensive care, you may hire a home health aide to help you with activities of daily living and medication administration.

There are plenty of resources out there if you are a person planning to take advantage of home health care. Online and offline classes are being offered to family members who want to learn more about the proper techniques associated with homecare. There are also plenty of online resources to take advantage of such as forums, email lists, and care guides.

With the baby boomer generation aging, the country is experiencing a huge shift in healthcare moving from acute to longterm and chronic care. Take advantage of the telehealth options out there. Consult long term care experts if you need additional help.

Last Modified April 14, 2010 @ 7:05 pm
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