When starting to age, a family is often faced with the decision of whether their loved one should age at home or age at a nursing home. There are many factors to consider while weighing the pros and cons of nursing homes versus in home care, but with the relevant knowledge and information, families can easily make the best choice.
Probably the most important consideration for many families will be cost. The cost of aging at home versus aging in a nursing home is night and day. In 2012, a private room in a nursing home cost an average of $7,500 per month. In home care costs, on the other hand, are much lower. Making a few modifications with home care products to allow your senior to age at home costs a fraction of the price that a nursing home would. Potential modifications such as a bathtub lift, stair lift, scooter, wheelchair, or portable ramp can help your senior age comfortably at home for a lower cost.
Many people also worry about the health care at nursing homes compared to aging at home. Studies have shown that the percentage of nursing homes cited for deficiencies in hand washing hygiene has risen in recent years. Also, when in a nursing home, your senior runs the risk of being the victim of medication errors. They also probably won’t be able to see their favorite physician anymore because usually, the facility has their own assigned physician. Many seniors will value the comfort and familiarity of seeing their longtime doctor, making aging at home a more preferable option.
Finally, you’ll need to consider the social aspect of potentially moving to a nursing home. Depending on the location of the nursing home, your aging adult may feel isolated from their friends, local community, and family. If your senior is also starting to show signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s, the unfamiliarity of a nursing home may be very stressful for them. Senior home care will allow them to maintain their normal routine in a comfortable, familiar setting.
Ultimately, the decision comes down to where your aging adult wants to live. Knowing that a nursing home is just one of your aging options and that aging at home can happen with just a few modifications and minimal costs can help your family make a thoughtful, well-informed decision that will be for the best.
If you have further questions about how you can help your senior age comfortably at home, please call us today.