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Home Care vs. Nursing Home: Making the Decision

By Ruby Cemental

When the time comes to decide how to help an elderly loved one through those difficult days when they aren't physically able to care for themselves, the decision can be a difficult one. How do you know what's right for the senior in your life? By understanding the benefits and drawbacks of both home care and nursing homes, you can make a wiser decision. 

Home Care

Home care is a more private option that allows your loved one to remain in their own home. This is often less disruptive for individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia, making it the first choice for many families. Before deciding in favor of home care, there are several things you'll want to think about. 

Pros:

  • Home care allows for a more personal, one-on-one relationship with the caregiver.

  • It's comfortable and familiar.

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

  • In-home care is often less expensive than care out of the home.

Cons:

  • Who you hire for in-home care matters! Hiring a skilled nurse or other medical professional may be necessary if more than basic assistance is required. Caring Senior Service provides quality caregivers that you can trust, making this decision a little easier. 

  • Homes may not be as secure as medical care facilities, which have security and staff available 24/7.

Nursing Home

Eventually, the time comes in many seniors' lives when they simply aren't able to care for themselves any longer. When that day comes, it's time to start thinking about a nursing home. 

Pros:

  • Nursing homes are typically staffed with a variety of medical professionals. These professionals can care for your loved one around the clock. They can perform medical and non-medical functions. 

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

Cons:

  • Nursing homes remove an individual's independence and may make your loved one "feel" old. However, if your loved one can no longer be trusted or remain safe with their own independence, a nursing home may be the right choice. 

  • Nursing homes require a transition period before feeling like "home," which can be difficult for some seniors.They can be noisy and feel unfamiliar for a time. 

  • Nursing home care is often very expensive, especially for high-quality institutions. 

The decision between a nursing home and home care is up to each individual and their family. It can often be a very personal decision or a logistical one. If you do decide that home care is the best option for your loved ones, check out our 7 questions to ask when considering home care to help you find the best fit.

Questions to Ask When Considering Senior Home Care

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