It’s no secret that home care is an important option for increasing numbers of elderly and disabled Americans. As the cost of health care continues to rise, even as politicians in Washington, DC continue to grapple with the issue, more people are forced to look into other options.
Some of those options may include various facilities as well as in-home care. Given the choice, a growing percentage of people in this country prefer to remain home, if at all possible. It’s not just because home is a more comfortable environment, but because other options may not be nearly as safe, viable, or beneficial.
Take, for example, nursing homes. A vital piece of the healthcare puzzle, many nursing homes face physical challenges, are understaffed, and provide lower quality care than patients deserve. A recent review performed by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) found that nursing homes continually fall short of quality standards for their patients.
As noted by KSL.com in its blog, Ogden nursing home 1 of 5 outed in federal report on ‘substandard care’ at America’s care centers, written by Wendy Leonard:
““Improving safety and quality in America’s nursing homes is one of CMS’ top priorities,” said Dr. Kate Goodrich, chief medical officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She said quality care is important to the agency, as it is to families.
While government officials have always had access to a list of “nursing homes that persistently fall short,” as the report states, this is the first time it has been made public. Two U.S. senators from Pennsylvania released the names of all the facilities not measuring up in order to increase transparency and help families make a more educated choice about nursing home care.”
These deficiencies highlight even more the inherent and unspoken value home health care support services offers. When citizens have the option of being able to receive direct medical care and treatment at home, receive physical support to perform basic tasks of everyday life, it can have a direct impact on emotional well-being, outlook, and quality of life.
The condition of other care facilities is not improving, even as government oversight organizations and agencies highlight their deficiencies. They are faced with continual challenges with finances, attracting and retaining quality nurses and other workers, and simply cannot compete with the comfort a patient’s own home offers.
This is another reason why home care continues to rise as a quality and viable option, even for aging seniors who may require significant health care for an extended period of time.
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