While the term home care is often over-generalized, those in the healthcare industry have come to refer to home care as non-medical services that range from companionship to assistance with daily hygiene or even homemaking. As we have seen from the COVID-19 crisis, long term care facilities have been hit hard by both outbreaks as well as state-wide safety orders meant to protect their residents. Due to these challenges, home care agencies have been seeing a shift in families needing more support as they try to care for their aging loved ones at home.
Non-medical home care providers have often been seen as an alternative to assisted living facilities, but with the insurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, many seniors who would have chosen to move to an assisted living community are now considering home care in an effort to cut down on their risk of virus transmission and separation from family members.
According to a July 2020 home care market forecast by Home Health Care News, demand for home care services will boom within the coming year. As people go back to work, families will need more help caring for their elderly loved ones at home, creating a larger need for home care. That said, the home care future is bright! If you are considering home care versus assisted living for your loved one, call and speak to our senior care experts. A nurse can provide a free consultation to help guide you to the best fit for your loved one’s needs.