The Psychosocial Value of Non-Medical In-Home Care
Today’s post explains how ABC Clinton Township’s non-medical in-home care services support seniors’ psychosocial health.
Read on to learn why psychosocial health matters, and what we’re doing to help Michigan seniors age optimally.
What is Psychosocial Health?
At its core, psychosocial health is a state of mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being that is conducive to healthy aging.
Psychosocial health is essential for optimal quality of life, but it only recently became a focal point of non-medical in-home care.
For some time, professionals in both traditional hospital and non-medical in-home care settings espoused the “medical model” of disease, which trained professionals to “view… patients as mindless machines whose health can be resorted by physical and chemical interventions administered by health professionals” (Sobel, 1995, p. 234).
Thus, hospital staff and non-medical in-home care teams that operated according to this basic assumption focused entirely on treating and improving physiological health. Though not blind to their patients’ social and psychological distress, these practitioners believed that all abnormal behavior and symptomatology resulted from physical/organic disease or injury, which ultimately created some problematic blind-spots.
The medical model undoubtedly saved lives and led to a number of important advancements in physical and chemical interventions, but its overemphasis on biological interventions left mental and emotional needs unmet. This led to widespread issues with depression, loneliness, social anxiety, and unhealthy client-practitioner relationships, all of which often aggravated physical ailments. Research published in the Psychosomatic Medicine journal, social isolation, emotional tensions/stressors and personality dispositions contribute to the development and/or progression of “cancer, heart disease, immune dysfunction, and other chronic illnesses” (Sobel, 1995, p. 234).
Today, the medical model has been replaced to reflect our new focus on psychosocial health, and the results have been incredible.
Supporting Psychosocial Health With Non-Medical in-Home Care
Always Best Care Clinton Township’s non-medical in-home care services promote a state of mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being for Michigan’s seniors in a variety of ways. For example:
- We eliminate loneliness and social isolation with regular visits and companionship.
- We nourish your loved one’s spirit by playing games, sharing stories, reliving memories, recording the family history, attending events, and escorting them to religious services.
- We assist with pet care so your love one gets all the best, heartwarming parts of pet ownership without the hassle.
- We take care of appointments, errands, letters and correspondence, organization, and activities of daily living to lighten the load and reduce stress.
- We keep your loved one’s living space clean and tidy to promote a healthy state of mind.
- We help with financing and health insurance to mitigate money problems
- Our home helpers provide nutritious meals that support healthy cognitive functioning.
If your loved one requires more intensive, round-the-clock support, we can also refer you to an assisted living community that shares our same commitment to psychosocial health and wellness. A number of such communities exist in Macomb County, Michigan, and we can provide you with information and escorted tours at no cost.
Learn More About Non-Medical in-Home Care in Macomb County, Michigan
To learn more about the biopsychosocial care model espoused by our non-medical in-home care team, visit https://www.alwaysbestcare.com/mi/chesterfield/care-services/in-home-care/, or call 586-203-2157 to speak directly with one of our representatives in Macomb County.
Biddle, S. (1995). Exercise and psychosocial health. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 66(4), 292-297.
Sobel, D. S. (1995). Rethinking medicine: improving health outcomes with cost-effective psychosocial interventions. Psychosomatic Medicine, 57(3), 234-244