At some point in their lives, many Americans will find themselves facing lengthy periods of rest and recovery. Today, a lot of people are choosing to spend that time at home. A period of convalescence of any length requires extra care, and every year more and more people are preferring to recover in a familiar environment. With extensive networks of medical support and a wide selection of home healthcare supplies, from hospital beds and walking aids to shower and bath items, choosing to be at home for any length of time is easier than ever before. 

Research has shown better outcomes for both elderly and younger patients who choose to recover at home instead of in the hospital or a long-term care facility. Recovering at home leads to deeper, more restful sleep and less loss of muscle mass, which is harmful and can lead to injuries. With the prevalence of hospital-acquired illnesses and infections, it is also much safer for patients who have the option of recovering at home to do so. While enjoying the comforts of home, patients are shown to recover more quickly and also to enjoy a better quality of life. The daily rhythms and routines of life at home also help to foster a sense of normalcy in what may otherwise be a foreign or uncomfortable situation. This feeling of normality also acts as an incentive during the rehabilitation process. 

In addition to being more comfortable for patients, long-term care or recovery at home is frequently a more cost-effective option than lengthy stays in hospitals or healthcare facilities. People who spend the bulk of their recovery period at home have faster rates of recovery as well as fewer instances of readmission, leading to lower medical expenses. Overall, recovering at home is proving to be a smart decision for many.