In Home Care Vs. Nursing Home
Learn what distinguishes Comfort Keepers in home care from care provided in a nursing home.
Most people understand that a nursing home is designed to provide a higher level of care and support than an assisted living community. However, many of them do not know where in home care fits into this equation.
Initially, it is important to understand that not every senior with a serious medical condition has the same needs. For example, a senior with a heart or lung condition may need regular medical assistance, but they may not require a lot of supervision or personal support. On the other hand, a senior with mid or even the beginning of late-stage dementia, Alzheimer's, or Parkinson's may not have a lot of medical problems, but they will likely require a lot of supervision and personal care.
The Difference Between In Home Care and A Nursing Home
A person who requires medical attention, but still has all of their mental faculties and wants to stay active may not want to be in the restrictive environment of a nursing home. Yet, an assisted living facility may not provide the skilled nursing, medication management, or daily living assistance that is required. Both assisted living and a nursing home require that a senior move out of their home and move into these other facilities. In home care, on the other hand, provides the exact amount of care required in the convenience of the senior's own home.
Comfort Keepers in home care provides extensive non-medical care for seniors regardless of their condition. Services range from light housekeeping and laundry to meal preparation, medication management, and transportation support. Personal care services, such as eating, toileting, bathing, grooming, and dressing support are also available, as is companion care. Many Comfort Keepers locations also provide private-duty nursing support to meet the senior's medical needs as well.
Simply put, when seniors do not require extensive personal or medical care, are mobile without or with limited assistance, and can perform most daily living tasks with help, a move to a nursing home is not necessary. In these cases, seniors would be better off maintaining their freedom and independence by receiving the specific supports and services they require in the convenience of their home.
For more information about how in home care can meet your loved one's needs and maximize their quality of life, contact a Comfort Keepers senior care coordinator.
Comfort Keepers of McKinney, TX is proud to provide care services to seniors in the following communities: