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Aging in place: the benefits
of home health care

did you knowThere are many benefits to choosing home health care. Whether you are recovering from surgery, living with an illness that requires ongoing care, or require assistance with activities of daily living (ADL), home health care is a viable alternative to a hospital or nursing facility.

The table below compares Medicare charges on a per day basis between a hospital, skilled nursing facility (SNF), and home health care visit. As you can see, these costs are much higher than the average home health care cost per visit.

home health care patients table

Adults aged 50 and older were recently surveyed by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) regarding issues such as home health care. Overwhelmingly, the majority expressed a desire to "age in place," or stay home as they continue to age. Their sense of dignity and integrity was tied to maintaining their independence.

In fact, more than 4 out of 5 people (82 percent) questioned in a national telephone survey of 1,000 Americans, agreed with the statement, "If I required medical services, I would prefer to receive it in my home if possible, rather than in a hospital or nursing home."

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, almost 70 percent of home health care clients are senior citizens and 60 percent of those clients are women. Home health care is a cost-effective solution to getting the care they need and remaining safely at home.

The benefits become especially clear for the health care client dealing with multiple medical issues. Home health care patients have an average of 4.2 medical diagnoses per patient.

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The National Association for Home Care and Hospice explains the benefits of home health care stating, "Home care reinforces and supplements care provided by family members and friends. It also maintains the recipient’s dignity and independence—qualities that can be lost even in the best of situations. Home care also allows patients to take a more active role in their care." 

To learn more about home health care services, visit our Services Overview page or contact us.

To find a BAYADA Home Health Care office near you, visit our Locations page.