Benefits of In Home Care vs. Nursing Homes
Aging becomes especially hard when we realize we can no longer live independently without assistance. Sometimes it’s a result of an injury or surgery. Sometimes it’s simply the aging process. Sometimes it’s a diagnosis of dementia or another life-changing illness. Regardless of what creates the need for assistance, how does one decide whether home care is best compared to nursing home care?
Certainly, nursing homes offer good solutions when medical care is necessary, but home care can sometimes be a great solution. The family may not have enough money for permanent-care facilities. Once the patient’s money is depleted, payments are covered by Medicaid, but at a price that’s not sustainable to high-quality nursing homes. Some nursing homes don’t offer permanent care for this reason.
Fewer nursing homes have created a demand for home care, which is easily coordinated with the aging adult, family members, and the medical care team. Home care is more sustainable and allows seniors to remain where they are comfortable in their home surroundings and in their own community.
Home care options cost less than nursing homes, which are usually priced around $6,500 per month, but that price isn’t feasible for most seniors living on fixed income, with limited assets.
Families sometimes find that their loved ones actually only require a few hours a day of help. Bathing, dressing, light housekeeping and help with preparing meals may be all that’s needed. If the hours of care provided are limited, it can save families thousands of dollars in comparison to nursing home care.
Allowing someone to stay in his or her own home affords quicker physical healing along with mental and emotional stability. Dignity is maintained when an adult remains happily at home. It provides a higher quality of life in the later years. When living alone becomes too risky, home care helps a person to age at home with a sense of independence.
With options in addition to nursing homes and facilities, one can realize the financial benefits of an independent lifestyle, while preserving dignity with in-home care. It’s an excellent option for many.
When you’re ready to have a chat about short- or long-term options for yourself or a loved one, call Home Care Assistance. Home care may be a better lifestyle choice for you and your family.