It isn’t easy to figure out what type of care an aging loved one may need when they are no longer able to live independently. This care can typically come in two forms, the first being in-home care that will allow them to remain in their current residence, and the second being a nursing home that will require them to move in for help. The differences between the two are most focused on the level of care you receive, but there are other factors to consider.
Level of Care Needs
Some people don’t qualify for a nursing home, as this is a skilled nursing facility designed for individuals who need extensive care throughout the day. An insurance company will typically not approve a stay in a nursing home if the individual does not need a high level of care. In-home care is often effective for individuals that need some help, providing meals and making it so they no longer have to worry about laundry, or even providing medication reminders and some help with bathing or dressing. The lower your care level needs are, the more likely in-home care is the best option for you or your family member.
Mobility and Independence
While both types of care encourage mobility and independence, individuals that are receiving in-home care have a truer sense of freedom and independence. Individuals who need memory care may be accepted into a nursing home, typically into a specialized unit.
You do not need to be mobile without the use of assistive devices, such as a wheelchair or walker, to receive in-home care. It is when an individual is no longer capable of the independent use of a walker or wheelchair, that a nursing home can be more appropriate.
Paying for Your In-Home Care or Nursing Home
In general, it is less expensive to pay for in-home care services than it can be to move into a nursing home. The need for highly skilled nursing services is much lower for in-home care, as patients are typically more able to take care of their own needs. Conversely, care in a nursing home is more focused on daily medical help and treatment as well as providing help with day-to-day life, and can carry hefty costs as a result.
Consider the abilities of yourself or your loved one as you look at the differences between in-home care and nursing home, ask yourself:
- Do I need minimal help throughout the day?
- Is skilled nursing needed frequently?
- Am I able to enjoy activities and move about safely?
- Have I been told I need a nursing home?
As a family member trying to make the right choice for a loved one, remember that a treatment provider will refer to a nursing home if it is appropriate. If you believe that a nursing home is excessive, it is often possible to work with an in-home care professional until the nursing home becomes an absolute necessity.
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