Nursing Home Vs. In Home Care

Learn the key differences between care provided in a nursing home and in home care.

A great number of American seniors live alone, and, according to AARP, upwards of 95 percent of them want to continue to do so regardless of their need for daily living assistance. The home is not just a place of comfort, but it is a place filled with memories. Most seniors also feel safer in familiar surroundings, surrounded by conveniences and niceties they have personally collected. In addition to their physical circumstances, living at home often reduces stress and anxiety associated with hospitals and nursing homes. Even so, many seniors require a significant amount of daily care if they are to remain safe.

The Difference Between Nursing Home & In Home Care

The reality is that there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to a nursing home or in home care. The decision must be based on a senior's unique circumstances and the availability of care. There are many seniors in their 80s and 90s who are fit, vital, and independent. They require little, if any, home care support let alone the 24-hour care and supervision of a nursing facility. On the other hand, millions of seniors in their 50s and 60s are unable to perform one or more daily living activities, and this number jumps considerably once seniors reach their 80s. For many of these seniors, the degree of medical care and supervision required cannot be provided in their home, thus making a nursing home the logical choice.

In-home care does have its advantages, too, though. For example, most seniors have developed a life routine. They have certain likes and dislikes when it comes to waking, sleeping, eating, drinking, entertainment choices, and even going to the bathroom. The majority of these routines would have to be adjusted or revised at a nursing home. With in home care, a senior's preferences are top-priority and not the schedule or regulations of a facility.

While nursing homes tend to provide excellent medical support, in-home care support can offer many of these same supports. In home care is known for its non-medical provisions, such as housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, running errands, and personal care. Yet, providers, such as Comfort Keepers, often offer private duty nursing support as well. With private-duty nursing, in home care can provide a plethora of medical services that are perfectly coordinated with non-medical supports.

The biggest difference between in-home care and a nursing home, other than the location of the care, is the personal attention each senior receives. Nursing home caregivers are simply not able to provide individual attention the way in-home care providers can.

In short, nursing homes and in-home care providers are both essential elements of the American senior care system. Seniors who require advanced medical care in areas where private-duty nursing is not available may find a nursing home quite helpful, especially if 24-hour medical care is necessary. For seniors who value more independence, freedom of choice, and personalized service, however, in-home care may be the better option.



Comfort Keepers of Cherry Hill, NJ provides leading in home care services to the following cities:

Atco, Berlin, Cedar Brook, Cherry Hill, Collingswood, Columbus, Hainesport, Gibbsboro, Haddonfield, Jobs, Lawnside, Lumberton, Maple Shade Township, Medford, Mt. Laurel, Pemberton and Vorhees Township, NJ


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