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Home Care or Nursing Home: Which is Right for Your Loved One?

You might have received lots of love and care from your parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles in your life. They expect the same level of care, respect and love from you especially when they get older or ill. Many among us help their aging or ill loved ones with activities of daily living such as such as bathing, eating, dressing, walking, and toileting. While many among us are not able to provide support and care to their loved ones because of busy job routine, children in home and bad heath and therefore hire services of home care agencies or nursing homes. For all those who cannot provide full- time help to their loved ones at home and thinking of getting help from home care agency or nursing home but don’t know out of nursing home and home care which one is better for your loved one, we are presenting comparison between home care and nursing home so that you can select right kind of care services for your loved one.

Home Care Vs Nursing Homes

Home care professionals offer medical and non- medical care at home to those who cannot take care of themselves fully. For instance, people who are older, injured, disabled or ill. Home care professionals include homemakers, companions, home health aide, nurses, physical therapist, occupational therapist and speech therapist.

Nursing home provides 24 hour nursing care and personal care to residents. Residents of nursing homes are the individuals that need not live in hospitals but require continual nursing care and assistance with activities of daily living such bathing, eating and dressing. Amenities offered by nursing home depend on charges and location. Nursing home professionals include registered nurses, doctors and therapists.

The cost of in-home care services depend on what type of care and how many hours of care you need each day. While nursing homes charge residents per day.

Home care services are more affordable than nursing homes if you need few hours of care per day. According to the 2012 Genworth Financial Cost of Care Survey, following are the national averages for elder care:

The Average cost of services of in- home health aide is $19 per hour ($ 456 for 24 hours a day care).

The Average cost of services of homemaker/companion is $18 per hour ($ 432 for 24 hours a day care).

The average cost of a private room in a nursing home is $222 per day.

The average cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home is $200 per day.

The cost of hiring services of home care professional will be lower than nursing home, if your loved one needs 1-10 hour care per day at home.

If your loved ones need 24 hour care for 1-12 months then in this case it is better to send him/her to nursing home because hiring services of home care professional will be expensive.

Survey conducted by different organizations such as AARP, concluded that majority of seniors want to live in their homes rather than moving to any other location. Not only seniors, everyone feels more comfortable at his/her home because we love independent living, we don’t want to hurt our privacy and we want to live in familiar places around our friends and family.

Although, some nursing homes offer luxurious living environment, delicious meals, pools, salons and gym and conduct social activities for socialization of residents. Still, if you send your loved one to nursing home who loves to live in his/her home, he might get depressed and irritated and ultimately become more ill.

If you have a friend or family member that’s needs medical or non medical or both types of care for few hours per day and he/she is not ready to leave his/her home then in this case home care is the more affordable and convenient option for him her/ her.