When it comes to home care, the advantages and disadvantages are a balancing act between patient autonomy and risk. There are some challenges, including balancing risk with patient autonomy, environmental hazards, and sanitation. In addition, home care providers face challenges with communicating with patients and transferring them to other caregivers. Additionally, it can be difficult to monitor a patient’s health at home, so a high level of knowledge and education about a patient’s condition is required.
Many older people would prefer to receive their care in a setting other than their own home. Receiving care in a nursing home may be a constant reminder of an illness or unwelcome intrusion into their privacy. This may also be due to negative experiences with caregivers, or stories of abuse. Some patients may also be embarrassed of their living arrangements and enjoy the social aspect of receiving care in a non-medical setting.
Although providing care at home has many benefits, it can be difficult for family caregivers. The caregivers may not be as involved in the care as they would be in a medical facility, and they may feel disqualified or overwhelmed if they are left alone for a long time. In addition to the potential health risks, a family caregiver may suffer from burnout and other issues associated with home care. A caregiver may also have difficulty coping with unexpected medical emergencies.