It is common to see young men and women struggling to decide between home care vs nursing home care for their aging parents.
Making this decision is complicated by many elderly parents requesting their children never to relocate them to nursing homes or anywhere else but their own homes.
On the other hand, some aging parents would prefer nursing homes. Detailed reasons for these pleas and why the children may or not like the instructions from these parents can be found here.
Making the choice is never an easy decision. This blog will provide you all the facts you need to make your choice between the two facilities.
What is Home care?
Home care is supportive care provided in the home.
According to Homecare (https://www.homecare.com/), home care in the U.S. is a large industry employing thousands of home care workers ranging from companion caregivers to skilled nurses and occupational therapists.
Specialists in In-home caregiving focus on assisting their clients with their activities of daily living (ADL’s) such as going to the bathroom, maneuvering around the house, bathing, meal preparation, etc.
Caregivers can also provide companionship, transportation to doctor’s appointments.
Care may be provided by licensed healthcare professionals who provide medical treatment needs.
But if the health conditions of your loved one require 24/7 a doctor or nurse’s attention, home care will be a challenge.
There you have it: all you need to take care of an elderly parent in her own home is or could be made available.
As long as you have the wherewithal, nothing stops you from taking care of a loved one in his or her own home.
There are other advantages.
Care in ones’ own home is more private. But admission to other options is open to the public.
This feature makes home care more preferable to and less disruptive for some elders with certain ailments like Alzheimer’s diseases, dementia, etc.
Ones’ own home is a familiar place where all the belongings are housed, where the children and grandchildren, the love of her life live; and the management of the care is in the hands of her or his own trusted children, not strangers.
It is a common consensus that care in ones’ own home speeds up recovery, improves the quality of life, and extends the life span.
Being cared for in their own home, in familiar surroundings many elderly people report increased happiness.
Once I traveled to Pittsburg PA, to visit my mother-in-law being cared for in a government-run elderly care facility.
The first thing I noticed was the overpopulation of the facility with sick senior citizens.
The number of care workers didn’t seem enough; there was always something waiting to be done. My wife and I had to be running to the care station asking for this or that.
Consider the plight of those who had no one to run to the nurses’ station for them?
Depending on the economic status of the aging parent and or the children, the house may be remodeled to accommodate care equipment, care supplies.
This may include installing monitoring devices from which to keep eyes on things when not around or maintain contact no matter the location of your elderly parent.
What is Nursing Home Care
Nursing homes may go by different names like skilled nursing facilities. But they have the following in common: they provide a wide range of care services, focusing more on medical care than on assisted living care.
They may include services like physical, occupational, and speech therapies.
Some people see a Nursing home as a home away from home. Are they?
We had a hard time convincing my grandmother-in-law, an eighty-eight-year-old senior citizen to move into a government-managed elderly care facility.
She did not want to live among strangers, cared for by strangers in an environment where all her freedom will disappear.
Those were very valid and genuine arguments. But the fact remained that all the children have grown and gone pursuing carriers that did not have space for care-giving.
If we allowed home care she would still be among strangers in her own home since healthcare workers must be employed.
Those were some of the reasons why we were able to convince her to move to a care facility.
There was a case of a senior citizen who checked himself into a government-managed care facility.
He had no other choice – children had grown and gone; there was no spouse; loneliness was the only companion.
Home Care vs Nursing Home Care – Comparative Analysis
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The Choice And Final Thought
From the above analysis, there is no clear cut difference between home care and nursing home care. So, each case has to be treated on an individual bases.
Both can provide or has the resources to provide all an elderly person may need in terms of care treatment, comfort, and the opportunity to enjoy her days at the facility.
But the choice will depend more on other factors like the health conditions of the elderly – what type of or how much care the elderly really need.
Or preference, or why a particular facility will make more sense than the other like in a case of extreme loneliness – no spouse, son, or daughter available or willing to care for the elderly mother or father or even no home to come to recoup.
Such an elderly would prefer a nursing home or any other facility where all his needs will be provided and a lot of companionships.
And the cost.
Per SeniorAdvisor.com, in the U.S., Home Aid costs $160.00/day and Skilled Nursing Home Care costs $220.00/day
In some countries, financial considerations may not be a huge factor in determining the choice.
This is because, in such countries like the United States and other advanced countries, there are ways some or all of the financial obligations can be taken care of by the government or other institutions.
In such cases, a very sick elderly can have at-home care where his freedom is assured with his loved ones surrounding him.
But in other cases, particularly in poorer countries, finance will be among the first variables to be considered.
I hope this blog post has all the information you need to choose between home care and nursing home care.
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