Home Care Vs. Facility Care-How to Choose

Most people don’t look forward to their elder years, seriously thinking about the need for a nursing home. It is not a desired outcome for anyone, though for some it does become the only option depending upon his or her medical situation. What many people may not realize is that home care agencies can provide very high levels of care, including 24-hour care for a person living at home. So, how do you know what is the best option for you and your family?

Facility care certainly does have a level of stigma surrounding it. For anyone that has ever visited a nursing home, as nice as it may be, there is a level of sadness. It is difficult to see the faces of those living there, of those that may never have any visitors, of those that may not even recognize their visitors. The smells can be difficult to deal with as well, even if everything is very well maintained and have an exceptional standard of cleanliness.

Having an aging parent or grandparent in such a facility can cause feelings of guilt if you were unable to successfully care for them as well as feelings that others will judge you as uncaring. Though there very well may be people who were “dumped” so to speak with no alternative, the majority of those have family members who care for them deeply, and only want the very best for them.

Nursing facilities generally can be costly, and also may have a waiting period. Nursing homes also only have a certain allotment for Medicaid subsidized beds, so if you are relying on Medicare to handle the financial aspects of such care, there may as well be a waiting list. If it is an emergency situation, such as a person suffering from dementia who has become very combative and hard to handle behaviorally, you may have to spend some time in a less than ideal setting before there is room where you would prefer they be.

Home care has become a very desirable service for seniors and families. A caregiver comes directly to the home, anywhere from 4 hours per week to 24 hours per day depending upon the type of care required. Though home care can also be a costly endeavor, it is less compared to a nursing home. Because there are currently many home care agencies available to choose from and many more opening, it can be difficult to know where to start. Things to consider other than cost are what procedures are in place if a caregiver is sick, if a caregiver doesn’t work out, how standards of care are monitored and what to do if there is a problem.

Whether the right answer for you is facility care, or home care, a Geriatric Care Manager can assist with both. At Advocare, our care managers are very knowledgeable about area agencies, and can assist with determining cost as well as follow up monitoring and advocacy to ensure that everyone is accountable for the care they are providing. If it is determined that home care is the course you desire, we can refer you to area agencies, and within those agencies refer you to their premier caregivers, free of charge.

When the time comes that long-term care is needed, seek the help of professionals. The financial and emotional toil can be overwhelming, with the care of your loved one in the balance.

Visit us at Advocare to learn more about home care available in the South Florida areas of Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach.

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