In Latino family culture, it is tradition to focus on family. Caring for an elderly loved one in the home has long been a treasured value of the Latino family, even considered an honor and the highest form of respect.
As stated by 60-year-old Ada Urroz of Kensington, “Most Latino families don’t think twice about what sacrifices need to be done to take care of a relative, whether that be cutting job hours, spending all free time with a relative, or completely moving the relative into their home in order to properly care for them.”
Home healthcare is much more cost-effective than institutionalized care and can even help families become financially independent by directly employing a loved one to care for a family member in need of light housekeeping, medication management, hygiene, transportation, companionship, and so much more.
Home healthcare is a great alternative to the worry that comes with having to leave a loved one at home by themselves, because of the need to work or go to school. A home health aide allows a family to keep working or stay in school, knowing that the safety and comfort of their loved one is still paramount, even when they are gone.
Home healthcare gives multigenerational families more time to connect when a home health aide is there to help. This means more sharing experiences, more sharing of wisdom, and more sharing of family history.
When thinking about how home healthcare could have given her more time with her abuela, 23-year-old Angelica Bernard of Kensington said, “I wish the environment of home healthcare was as easily accessible as it is now because it could have allowed us to spend more time with her while sustaining our own life.” We at Moravia Health could not agree more.
“Many seniors report having a greater quality of life and happiness with in-home care…with 50% fewer doctor visits annually.” seniorliving.org,
By Moravia Health