Dispelling 6 Home Healthcare Myths

Learning about home healthcare and how ‘in home care’ can help families can be overwhelming. As they're considering viable options for their aging and/or ailing relative, families need to make sure to do their research and that is why we, at B-Homecare, would like to dispel some of the myths about home care. Homecare allows people with special needs to remain in their home, and can consist of a variety of services, such as personal care, homemaking, cooking or meal preparation, and in-home companionship to sit and provide social interaction with the patient.

Importance of Understand the Truths of Homecare

While home healthcare encompasses a wide variety of situations, such as people getting older, people who are chronically ill, recovering from surgery or disabled, there are many myths about home care to become aware of as you consider the possibility of in home services.


In the moment that one may require home healthcare services, understanding the value of homecare and the myths of the homecare industry are as important to the process as the care itself. Knowing what can and will happen and how home healthcare can help your loved one is vital.


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1. Home Care is only for "Old People"

Many people believe that home care services are only for older or again people. This is untrue. Home care services are for anyone that needs assistance around their home for whatever reason, usually because of a medical disability, like recovering from surgery or after delivering a baby. Special needs in-home care services are also available for all ages that struggle with being limited in their ability to get around, like wheel chair bound people. Home care services may be absolutely necessary for a variety of life altering situations such as car accidents, unanticipated illnesses, or other mishaps and are for people of all ages.

2. The Quality of Care provided at Home is Inferior compared to Institutionalized Care

The clinical training and education of the caregivers and home care staff is the same if not better than the training that employees of institutions receive. The caregivers that work in the home care industry need to be very well versed, since they're on their own inside of an individual’s home. It's not uncommon and, in fact, frequent to need advanced medical knowledge and the ability to correctly provide complex treatments, such as intravenous therapy and ventilator care, done in a home setting.

3. Home Care is not the Solution to a Problem

Home care is one of the most comprehensive solutions to a healthcare problem because it provides a unique care plan that is completely tailored to a patient’s individual needs, rather than a one size fits all approach that is often offered at medical facilities. Homecare finds ways to solve the problem and works to teach family members how to provide care for their loved ones in the home if a caregiver is not present or available. It opens the family up to the resources in their communities that will be able to assist their loved one to function at their highest level and in some cases better than where the individual was prior to hospitalization. For example, patients and family members are taught how to do procedures such as uncomplicated wound care and home exercises for increased range of motion.

4. Home Care is an Alternative to other Care Options such as aHospital or Nursing home

This is simply not true. Home care that is provided by professional caregivers often supplements other care arrangements and helps to ensure that the patient receives the care they need and deserve. Having a caregiver around also ensures that any instructions from doctors or other medical staff are followed as closely as possible to ensure the best possible outcome. Rather than viewing home care as a stand-alone replacement for other care options, home care services should be viewed as a supplemental way of meeting people's individual care needs and wants, regardless of where or when services are provided or who else is involved in the care process.

 5. Home care is Expensive and only Wealthy People can Afford it

There are actually many ways for seniors to afford quality home care and in many cases is less expensive and more affordable than senior living facilities or medical centers. New programs that are available to seniors and the aging community, such as reverse mortgages, VA benefits, long-term care insurance, and access to state and local programs such as Medicaid, are allowing more families to be able to afford quality home care for their loved one. There are programs that are available and options that people have that they may be unaware of. This is why we always suggest speaking with a trained expert to learn more about the available options and resources in the community.

6. Long-term Care only Exists in a Nursing Home

This is not the case for many families. If the individual requiring homecare services has medical issues that require health care throughout the day, a nursing home may be the right option. However, most seniors require assistance for a few hours each day and many times the assistance that is needed can be classified as non-medical. People who require care often want to live out their life in their own homes and do not want to feel like they have to choose between the health care that they need and the life that they’ve built for themselves. Studies have also shown that in home care is actually better in many cases, like when dealing with dementia cases because familiarity is so important to these types of patients.

If you would like to learn more about how B-Homecare can help you or your loved one, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. You are not committed to any services by speaking with one of our knowledgeable staff. We would be excited to be help you to learn more and welcome the opportunity to try to help!

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