Benefits of In-Home Care over a Nursing Home

One of the questions we are often posed here at We Care Together relates to the advantages of in-home care over a residential nursing home. We understand this is a huge family decision and one that will dramatically impact the quality of life of your loved one.

This is why we thought it may be useful to highlight a few of the core reasons to give serious thought to in-home care over a nursing home:

Change is Tough

We feel the biggest advantage of in-home care over the nursing home alternative is it keeps the individual in comfortable, familiar surroundings. There is no worry of relocation and their home will be filled with their fondest memories which can help alleviate stress. This is especially true for those suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

A New Friend

We see this on a regular basis where the caregiver and care receiver’s relationship moves beyond the practical. As they will spend personal, one-on-one time with each other we often see this lead to a friendship that can significantly improve your loved ones’ quality and outlook on life. We often find that both sides look forward to visits as they are given individual attention and are not just seen as “one of many”

A Sense of Independence

We often find it hard to admit we need help and this can be especially true of historically independent adults. The use of in-home care allows your loved one to still retain a great deal of their independence over a move to a nursing home. It also means they can select some tasks which they retain for themselves. For example, they may struggle to leave the house to get groceries but are perfectly capable to cook for themselves. In-home care allows you to choose exactly what the individual can do themselves and what they may need assistance with. A move to a nursing home usually leads to most daily tasks being assisted with.

The Cost of Care

Depending on the level of care required, it is often the case that in-home care is less expensive than a nursing home. Such facilities are usually priced as an “all-encompassing service” which would mean you are paying for a number of services or activities that your loved one simply does not need or will not benefit from…yet you and your family are still charged for.

The Care They Need

Whilst there is no doubt a care home or assisted living facility can offer a huge range of services, in-home care is far easier to personalise. It can also adapt as your loved ones’ circumstances change. This may mean an increase in the level of care, or in some cases a reduction in the care needed. This is often seen in stroke sufferers, as they improve over time. In these circumstances, in-home care is an excellent choice as it focuses on the individual and can be constantly tailored to your loved one’s needs.

Stay Safe

It was clear that during the Covid pandemic, care homes were tragically hit the hardest. These facilities did their very best to keep the residents safe and well but often the virus could not be stopped or contained. If you opt for home-based personal care it would reduce the chances of your loved one catching a serious illness by limiting their exposure to other nursing home residents, caregivers, and staff members.

We are not suggesting that care homes are not suitable for some people but this decision should be considered in a balanced way with the alternatives. As ever, We Care Together is on hand to assist with advice and support if you are considering care for a loved one.