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Nursing Home versus home care

With an increase of aging population, finding the optimal care for your loved one is an issue of many older and their families.

Finding a balance where you can both live happily, well-adjusted lives is a challenge. However, you can make a wise decision based on what you know about your loved one’s needs and your own resources and capabilities.

The most important point is: How much care do my loved one’s need and how can we meet these needs considering our budget and lifestyles? Then you have to determine which type of long term care would be the best either nursing home or home care?

Home care defines as a very personal and intimate type of care. A Professional caregiver in the home will deliver one-on-one care and will provide care that matches the needs of the person. 

Giving your loved one the freedom to stay at home also allows you to maintain your lifestyle while ensuring that your loved one is receiving the perfect amount of care in their home. 

Benefits of Home Care

  • Home care is delivered at home. It’s comfortable and familiar.

  • The person receives a personalized, one-on-one relationship with the caregiver

  • Home care is often the first choice of seniors – very few people choose to be placed in a nursing home unless it’s the only place they can receive the care they need

  • Seniors are able to remain as independent as they are able, rather than needing to turn over basic tasks to nursing home professionals.

  • You can even arrange for physical and occupational therapists to come to the house to provide therapy on a regular basis

The Cons:

  • Some caregiver who provides home care are not certified medical professionals and generally perform custodial services such as help transferring, eating, bathing and toileting.

  • A caregiver cannot perform more comprehensive medical treatment and require visits or supervision from a doctor or nurse.

  • Hiring a skilled nurse or other medical professional may be necessary if more than basic assistance is required.

  • Homes may not be as secure as medical care facilities.

  • If the senior is living alone, some wearable safety technology has to install which allow them to contact help with the touch of a button if for some reason they cannot reach their phone.

 

If your loved one has significant health problems, special attention needed and particularly hard time functioning on her own, nursing home care may be the optimal solution for her.

A nursing home provides one-stop solution nursing care to residents, help with daily activities such as bathing, toileting, grooming, eating and etc. In addition includes providing healthy daily meals, laundry service, cleaning, housekeeping, hospital escort, and other incidental services.

Benefits of nursing home

  • Constant companionship of her peers (all older and retired) and not isolated.

  • Nursing homes are typically staffed with a variety of medical professionals.

  • Lives in a comfortable and supportive environment.

  • Nursing homes can be secure, for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia who might be prone to wandering.

  • Seniors with medical conditions would benefit from easy access to medical care.

  • For retired active seniors, downsizing her lifestyle to stay at a nursing home can offer freedom from maintenance and chores at home.

The Cons:

  • Nursing homes remove an individual’s independence earlier and may make your loved one “feel” old.

  • Nursing homes require a transition period before feeling like “home,” which can be difficult for some seniors.

  • Have to follow the nursing home daily routine schedule which may feel a loss of freedom.

Meeting a senior’s desire to age in place allows for decreased healing time, increased mental health status, increased feelings of dignity and a higher quality of life throughout the geriatric years.