Home Care or a Nursing Home??

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As your parents grow older, it’s natural for you to worry about how they will get along from day to day. This is especially true as they become weaker and more forgetful, as they’re more vulnerable to accidents and injuries. It becomes more evident that they need senior care.

Now as a responsible son or daughter you may want to take care of the problem yourself, but often this isn’t practical or even possible. So what should you do to make sure that your elderly mom or dad gets the elderly care they need?

Traditionally, the solution to this situation is for your elderly loved one to go to a nursing home. But more and more people are now opting for in home care instead. More people have realized that there are more benefits to home care than to have elderly parents live in a nursing home.

Here are some reasons why:

• You can also be sure that a home caregiver will give your parent the one-on-one attention they need. The focus of the caregiver will always be on your parent. That’s often not true in nursing homes, where in general the seniors outnumber the caregivers. So they may have to “wait their turn” for the attention of the aides.

• Your parents will also feel more comfortable staying at home than moving to a nursing home. A nursing simply doesn’t feel “right”, no matter how homey the health aides there try to decorate the place. There’s simply no substitute for the comfort of a favorite couch or the view from a favorite corner of the house. Besides, relocating can be very stressful. With in-house care, your parents retain these familiar comforts.

• Seniors who stay at home tend to live longer than those who live in nursing homes, and studies have confirmed this fact. In addition, those who stay at home tend to be physically and mentally healthier compared to the residents of nursing homes.

• Home health care also promotes the healing process. Research studies have shown that patients can recuperate and heal faster and much more comfortably when they’re at home, compared to staying in a hospital or a nursing home.

• It may turn out that a nursing home is also much more expensive than home care, even if you ask for as much as 8 hours a day of assistance. That’s because nursing homes offer live-in facilities, and they may have other special equipment that can be used for elderly care. But it may mean that you’re paying for equipment and services that your parents don’t really need.

• With a home caregiver, your parents can also enjoy the freedom and independence that they’re unwilling to give up. They can set the rules and they can even go out when they want to visit friends and socialize. But in nursing homes, this may not be possible. Many nursing homes have restrictive rules. And you may even have to visit your parents only at certain times.

So before you try to convince your elderly parents to move to a home, reconsider your options. It may turn out that in-home care may be the best choice for you and your parents.