Nursing Home Vs. In Home Care

Learn what distinguishes the care provided in a nursing home from in home care.

With more and more Americans entering their senior years and the Baby Boomer generation rapidly transitioning into retirement, conversations about senior safety, health, and nursing homes are bound to take center stage in many homes around the country. For many people, nursing homes are the only answer when it comes to seniors who require full-time care and supervision. With Comfort Keepers, however, this does not have to be the case.

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Research shows that the healthiest option for seniors who require care and support is home care. Other choices, such as assisted living facilities and nursing homes may meet the foundational requirements of many seniors, but when it comes to fully maximizing a senior's quality of life, there is no better choice than in home care. In fact, studies continue to verify that seniors recover from injury, illness, surgery, and the like much faster when their care takes place at home. There are also far fewer instances of hospital readmissions with home care, and activity levels are dramatically higher.

Much of the success of home care can be attributed to reduced stress. Stress is linked to a wide variety of illnesses and ailments. Moving from one's home, especially in the midst of illness or loss, only adds additional stress and anxiety. Being able to receive care at home keeps seniors near their family and friends, their memories, and the many comforts and conveniences of home. For seniors suffering from memory impairment, such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease, the familiarity of the home takes on even more meaning.

Home care also allows for the formation of relationships. Most nursing homes have large numbers of seniors, a tight senior-staff ratio, and a relatively high degree of turnover (the average senior remains in a nursing home for around nine months). The rotation and changeover of the staff, limited one-on-one interaction time, and turnover makes it quite difficult to develop meaningful relationships. Comfort Keepers home care is based on relationships. In fact, the foundation of all Comfort Keepers caregiving lies in integrating social, emotional, and cognitive interactions into each care activity.

Beyond personalization of care, in home care also allows for great flexibility. Nursing homes are designed for seniors who require advanced medical care and round-the-clock supervision. Comfort Keepers offers 24-hour care as well, but they also provide an abundance of other services and supports. From a mere 30 minutes a week up to full-time care, 365 days a year, at home care providers can work with family caregivers, provide stand-alone care, or come alongside family caregivers in a respite capacity. Seniors who are transitioning from the hospital to the home can do so with the assurance that their needs will be met, and those who face end of life situations can count on Comfort Keepers in home care providers to help them die with dignity.

In short, Comfort Keepers in home care brings the benefits of a nursing home to the senior's residence while adding in the benefits of flexibility and personalization of care.



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