In-Home Care vs Nursing Homes
What To Do?
There will come a time where we will all be faced with the decision of what type of care to provide for our loved ones as they age. As individuals age, a new level of care becomes necessary. Individuals who, at one point, were very independent can require assistance after the onset of an illness or just the natural process of aging. As these changes take place, the question that is often asked is, should the individual age in a nursing home or can he or she age at home? While nursing homes offer our seniors safe solutions with respect to medical needs, aging at home may be the better solution. To determine which is best for you, there are a couple of things to think about, including your loved one’s daily living activities, his or her health, time, and financial situation, to name a few.
A survey by AARP showed that nine out of ten seniors have expressed the desire to remain in their homes. Why is that? It is likely due to the fact that they are attached to their homes, as well as they want to be close to their friends, family, and neighbors. Aging at home provides the type of comfort that they might not be able to find in a traditional nursing home. They are in familiar surroundings and do not have to leave behind all the memories.
Another study found that individuals who received in-home care visited the doctor 25% less than those who did not receive in-home care. Those with Alzheimers or dementia made 50% fewer trips to the doctor.
Comparing the Benefits and Costs of In-Home Care
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