6th World Nursing and Healthcare Conference
Hacettepe University, Turkey
Title: Healthcare: Advantages and disadvantages of home care for care givers
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Biography: Ebru Ozturk Copur
In the recent past, long-term care expenditures have been practically synonymous with expenditures for nursing home care, but policymakers are now expressing greater interest in home-based long-term care. Home care is an integration of versalite applications that cover hospital services that prevent problems likely to occur while conducting the daily living activities as well as patient care, rehabilitation and personal care. Home care services have negative and positive effects for caregivers, patients and their families. The focus of this article is advantages and disadvantages of home care for care givers. Firstly, taking care at home may have positive implications for patients and their families, but it may also be burdensome to the caregivers with implications for their health and well-being. Patients who are taking care at home are generally elderly and have chronic illnesses so the care givers do not see the improve in health status easily and in short time. Secondly, going to the patients home and giving care at their homes have some security problems especially if the patient has mental/psychological illness. Thirdly, if there is not a positive relationship and communication between the care givers and patient and his family, the treatment and care will be affected negatively. There can be some cultural problems between the health professionals and patients. Because everybody can have different background. Sometimes the care giver feels disqualified depends on lack of equipment. Also the care givers feel stressful when they leave from the patient’s home because they think that what will do the patient in an emergency case? In addition, there are some environmental risks about medical contamination. Although these negative effects, home care services have positive effects for care givers. Giving care at home is less stressfull than working at hospital. Because in hospital there are a lot of patients and their families who are stressed, angry and sad. Also, the patients in hospital change in short time so the care givers meet a lot of patients and they can not build hard relationship. In addition health professionals use their otonomy at home more than at hospital. Care givers make health educations easily at home because patients are not under stress and they have enough time. Additionally, improving health status and making health promotion activities are easier than at hospital. Health professionals can evaluate the house, the family and the other risk factors so they can give holistic care. Finally, there are no hospital infection risks at home. To sum up, home care services have advantages and disadvantages for care givers. It depends on the home environment, relationship between patient and care givers and the existence of equipment.