In Home Care Vs. Nursing Home

Learn what distinguishes care provided in a Sewell nursing home from that of in home care.

Tens of millions of American seniors require daily living support, supervision, or personal care in order to remain safe and independent. As chronic or progressive conditions worsen or seniors add additional needs to their list of supports, family members often become overwhelmed. The result, for many seniors, is a trip the nursing home.

While nursing homes are appropriate for a segment of the senior population, many seniors who do not require advance supports and/or 24-hour supervision live in them anyway. Most of these seniors did not know there was another option.

In 2014, a federal rule mandated that senior care facilities become less "institutional" and work with families to become more "home-like". While things are getting better in many aspects, no facility is ever going to be able to compare with the comforts of home. Even then, Donald Redfoot an AARP advisor, notes, "We don’t want institutions that are just dressed up to look like home ".

Sewell Nursing Home Vs. In Home Care

One of the primary differences between senior care institutions such as assisted living facilities and nursing homes is the personalization of care. In home care providers are not limited by care charts, service schedules, and so forth. Their primary focus is the senior, and care routines are specifically designed to accommodate the senior's unique and individual requirements.

Secondly, in home care limits a senior's exposure to viruses, bacteria, and infections from other seniors. After all, seniors who are in a nursing home are there for a reason, and most of them are battling chronic conditions, have compromised immunity, and are highly susceptible to sickness. While nursing homes take many precautions to limit the spread of germs, there is no precaution better than avoiding exposure in the first place.

The majority of seniors in a nursing home die within a year. Studies indicate that upwards of 85 percent die without the benefit of hospice care. The majority of seniors who spend time in a nursing home find themselves isolated, lonely, and alone in their final moments.

Comfort Keepers does more than provide basic services and supports. In home care can also be used for respite support, hospital to home transition assistance, and end of life care. Often, it is an in home care provider who makes the difference between a lonely passing and a senior being able to die with dignity.

In short, there are many reasons a senior may require support with daily living activities, personal care, or even supervision. Sometimes, a nursing home may be the right call, but with Comfort Keepers, this care can be provided in the comfort and convenience of the senior's own home. 

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