More than 1.5 million residents of America currently live in nursing homes. While this number is actually declining, the services required by seniors has greatly expanded. Generally, elders are living in their homes, or assisted living facilities, to a longer age.

Home health care enables seniors to continue to live their later years in their own home, surrounded by the familiarity of years in the same location. But the real benefit is the level of care provided. Homecare is individualized. Homecare staff can establish a relationship with the senior, learning how and what brings joy on a daily basis.

Here are just a few benefits of private duty homecare services:

— Stable, consistent staff: Consistent assignment has been shown to strengthen relationships between caregivers, elders, and their family members.
— Minimize hospitalizations: Many changes in an elder’s condition can be managed safely without transfer, avoiding the frustration and actual risks associated with hospitalization.
— Individualized care planning: Private duty care promotes choice, purpose and meaning in daily life.
— Staff stability: A stable staff allows the accumulation of learning & experience gained by staff over time. This helps to increase the overall competence and confidence of staff, while building strong bonds between elders and caregivers.

– John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at: (781) 378-2164; email: ; or online at: