How to Choose Whether Home Care or Care Home Is Best for Your Elderly Loved One

As you watch your loved ones grow old and lose the ability to perform certain tasks, they will need people to care for them through home care or care home.

Before you get confused, I would like to state that the terms home care and care home are two different things, and should not be used in place of each other.

Home care involves health care services that a sick or injured person can receive at home from either a care giver or medical personnel, especially a nurse practitioner. It is similar to the care received in a hospital but more convenient and affordable.

Care home, on the other hand, involves putting a loved one, especially an elderly person, in a residential home where they will live and be taken care of by staff members who work in the home.

Many people have had to ask which option is most preferable for their loved ones. The difference in opinion has raised lots of arguments, but this article is here to give you an insight into why the choice you’ve made is either the best or not.



The Distinction Between Home Care and Care Home

While we have defined both home care and care at home in the introduction, we have also mentioned that they are both two distinct terms and should not be used interchangeably.

In this section, we will study in-depth the difference between home care and care at home.



Home Care

When a patient is receiving home care, it could be for any of the following reasons: either they are too old to take care of themselves, or they are sick or severely injured.

A caregiver or a nurse is then hired to take care of them and assist them with their daily living activities, including but not limited to using the bathroom, preparing their meal, dressing up, reading to them, etc.

If the individual is on medication, the caregiver or nurse will be responsible for giving them their medication at the right time. If such a person has appointments at the hospital, the caregiver would drive them to and from the hospital for their appointments.

This type of care allows elderly people to receive the care they need from the comfort of their own homes, and it also allows them to be around family.



Care Home

Care  home is now distinct, in the sense that a home in this context symbolises a residential place where elderly people are lodged to live and be taken care of by the staff and volunteers at the home.

This way, they get to age in a certain place while receiving the support that they need.

They have their rooms and have toiletries, food, clothing, and other things that they may need.

They get to have the company of people their age who they can talk with so they don’t feel lonely. The schedule that allows family members to visit will be based on the policy of the care home.

There are care homes that come with a nurse practitioner who is there in case of any medical emergency. Sometimes, there are community services in those homes where people share free food with the elderly.

These homes are usually safe and encourage the elderly to live independently.



Factors to Consider When Choosing Between Home Care and Care Home

  • Senior’s Needs and Preferences
  • Family Support Network
  • Financial Considerations


Senior’s Needs and Preferences

Some factors will determine whether you put your loved ones in a care home or whether you hire a caregiver to stay with them at home. These factors will also determine the type of home they are lodged in or the type of caregiver hired.

These factors include physical needs or limitations, cognitive abilities, social needs and desires, etc. When it comes to their physical needs and limitations, you have to consider if they cannot move at all or properly, i.e., if they are bedridden, in a wheelchair or using crutches.

For cognitive abilities, you have to consider if they have any memory illnesses, such as dementia and what would be the best environment for such a person.
Then, lastly, you will consider whether the person will need company, i.e., if they need to make friends with people their age or if they need to attain a level of independence.


Family Support Network

If you are considering home care, you need to check if family members will be available to assist you with extra physical and financial tasks.

When the caregivers go home at the end of their shift in your home, you will need all hands on deck to take care of your loved one until the next day. On the other hand, if you want to employ a caregiver for 24 hours, it will involve paying them for their time so you will need financial contributions from your family.

If you are considering putting them in a home, you need to consider a place that is close enough for you to visit your loved ones and regularly check in on them.


Financial Considerations

Before making up your mind on what to do, find out the cost of home care services for your loved one or putting them in a home. Where you put them will depend on whether you are the only one footing the bill or whether you have family members who are supporting you financially.

Calculate your contributions and make your choice based on the budget you have. You can also put up insurance for them to cover some of the cost, especially during an emergency.

If you do not have enough money to sponsor your choice, you may want to check out financial assistance programs such as GoFundMe and government grants for elderly people.


Benefits of Home Care

If you have chosen home care, then there are some benefits that your loved one will get to enjoy. The first is that they will have one-on-one attention from their caregivers to handle their needs.

They get to stay at home, which is a familiar environment. This allows them to move around to some extent if they can without the fear of getting lost.

Continuously, staying at home ensures they have company from family, thereby combating loneliness. The care provided to them by the caregiver is quite flexible, as are the timing, payments, etc., which can be easily rescheduled according to the agreement by both parties.


To End With,

Home care and care at home might be two different options but they have their respective benefits. It depends on certain factors like the carer’s budget, availability and the patient’s physical and medical needs.

If you are still finding it difficult to make a safe choice, you can contact Vivid Cares today to get an expert opinion on what the optimal solution for your loved one may be.