Top 7 Benefits of Home Nursing

Home Nursing
(Last Updated On: November 20, 2017)

Having a loved one staying in the hospital can be stressful for everyone, that’s why many healthcare facilities are offering in-home nursing services. Many people heal and recover better in the comfort of their own home. Whether your loved one is recovering from an extended illness, a fall or surgery, you can now get a full range of health services. Home nursing also provides an affordable solution, saving time and money due to hospital visits. It is a professional care given to everyone in need in the comfort of their homes. Here are some other benefits of home nursing:

  1. Promotes healing and reduces the risk of infections                                                               Doctor visiting patient at home

Home nursing care helps keep patient protected from the infections that they are exposed to in hospitals. Post surgery and critical care may leave patients more sensitive to the risk of relapse and infection. An in-home nursing care can help the patient heal better and faster due to less exposure to infections.

2. More affordable than in-hospital care

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A patient may require critical care that may need special procedures to be performed multiple times every day. In-hospital care is usually much more expensive and it is not feasible to keep the patient in a hospital for a long period of time since it is not cost-effective. In-home care provides professional medical care of hospital standards to the patient in the comfort of their home. It is highly cost-effective when compared to in-hospital care.

3. Familiar surroundings

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Keeping someone in hospital surroundings for long can have a negative impact on their mental health. Hospitals are usually associated with “something wrong” and can leave the patient burdened and stressed due to their surroundings. Constantly seeing doctors, nurses, and patients can also lead to negativity.

In-home nursing care helps provide the patient with professional medical care in their own familiar surroundings. Being in a warm and loving environment of your home helps the mind relax and helps relieve stress. A healthy mindset and familiar surroundings are proven to help patients heal better and healthier.

4. Customized and personalised

Care given in hospitals is usually straitjacket and supplied to everyone the same. This leaves very little room for adapting to the patient’s specific requirements and independence. This can make the patients dissatisfied with some aspect or the other.

Providing professional care at home helps personalize and customize the experience for the patient. They are unique to each patient and are designed keeping the patient’s needs in mind. This leaves the patient much more comfortable as all his needs are catered to. Personalised care helps the patient recover better as they provide one-on-one care which lives up to medical standards as well.

5. Support activities of daily living


Some people may have difficulty in performing basic tasks for themselves, such as bathing, grooming, cooking, and cleaning. Professional in-home care facilitates the performance of these daily activities as well. These professionals also help with light household chores such as laundry, dishes, etc. that helps maintain a decent lifestyle throughout.

An in-home caregiver is trained to support the patients in ADLs (Activities of daily living). This helps patients maintain their respect and dignity and lead a healthy, quality life. The in-home nurses provide assistance in all activities of the patient.

6. Medication management

When a patient is suffering from various problems, medication tends to go up. With many doctors giving different medicines for different problems, prescription management and medication management is extremely important. Many elderly people get confused while taking medicines and sometimes this could lead to serious health problems for the patient, such as overdose, harmful mixing of medication, or even missing some medication for a long period of time. Professional caregivers are trained to manage prescriptions and medication to ensure that the patient gets sufficient and correct care and medication at the right time.

7. Caring companionship


Social interaction is important to stay healthier in later stages of life. Home caregivers also double up in the role of trusted companions for social and regular activities such as reading, walking, meals, playing games, movies, and other activities.

Assistance in activities these activities can help the patients feel less lonely and abandoned; these problems may cause other health issues as well. Accompanying the patients outside for basic errands such as grocery, doctor visits, and social networking can be an added bonus to the healing of the patient.

So the next time you are looking to seek better care for your loved ones, don’t think twice. Get an in-home caregiver to give them the best possible care, without the exorbitant cost, or the guilt that comes with it.

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Dr.Rajprabha Patra practiced as a Dental Surgeon for 5 years before making a switch into the business domain with an MBA from ISB. As the Product Manager for Counselling Services at Portea, she aims to make a difference in the way mental health is perceived in India.


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