Are you in the market for your loved ones to receive medical assistance such as personal care, hygiene, and other daily living activities? Are you considering if your loved ones will need nursing home care or at-home care? These two options are the most popular solutions when your loved one’s medical needs have progressed beyond what he or she can do for themselves or what you can provide for them. At Glen Island Center For Nursing & Rehabilitation, we understand that choosing the best option can certainly be a challenge. Both offer benefits and drawbacks, and in the end, it’s a question of which one better serves more of your loved one’s needs. In this post, we’ll help you understand the options between nursing home care versus at-home care to make your decision easier.
Nursing Home Care
A big benefit that nursing homes provide is the opportunity for your loved ones to participate in engaging activities as well as socializing with other residents. Through socializing, residents and staff members tend to develop healthy and friendly relationships. In addition to socializing with other guests, nursing homes employ enough staff to cover patient care and medical needs 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Even if several people call in sick or if there’s bad weather that prevents some staff members from driving, you can be assured that a nursing home is fully staffed to attend to your loved one’s needs.
If you’re loved one is ready to enroll in a nursing home care center, we want you to be aware that they may become confused while transitioning. Also, be aware that because your loved ones will be located far from their home, they may lose the comfort of your familiar face. They may feel abandoned, distressed about the loss of privacy and possessions, and may be intimidated by the many strangers that work and live in the nursing home. So you, as their family and friend, should visit your loved ones on a consistent basis to show them that you will never leave their side. This may be the only drawback when it comes to placing your elderly loved ones for nursing home care.
Now, let’s talk about at-home care. Home care allows your loved ones to keep their possessions, stay in the home that they’re familiar and comfortable with, and avoid unwanted interactions with strangers. It’s common for agencies to send the same home care team to a patient’s home on a regular basis, and when hiring private medical caregivers, families often choose caregivers who are interested in live-in positions. This means that your loved ones can get to know and feel comfortable with their caregivers if they stay at home. Also, family and friends who regularly visited before the home care was needed won’t have to change their routine to keep in touch.
Here are some drawbacks of at-home care. A patient who already had little interaction with family and friends can become very isolated when being cared for at home with only the caregiver for company. In addition, at-home care carries the risk of the caregiver not showing up when needed, either through scheduling errors or in emergency situations. Depending on the physical and mental state of your loved one, being left alone could be a minor inconvenience, a disaster, or anything in between. It should also be noted that, while the majority of home nurses and nurse aides are caring individuals and upstanding citizens, the risk of abuse, theft, or fraud may be higher in home care situations where there is less oversight. Also, families should consider the cost of a home caretaker. At-home care often costs more out of pocket than nursing home care, and in many cases, money must be spent to outfit the house with rails, a hospital bed, and other safety and medical accessories.
Now that you know what to expect when it comes to choosing between at-home care vs nursing home care, you can now make the best, informed decision for your loved ones. If you’re leaning more towards nursing home care, you can make the best decision to enroll them into Glen Island Center For Nursing and Rehabilitation, the number #1 nursing home in New Rochelle. We provide excellent nursing care such as short-term rehabilitation care, respite care, dementia care, and other services. Our philosophy is to provide high-quality nursing care in a trusting and comfortable environment and treat every patient as if they are a part of our family.