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If you or your parents have reached an age where they require care, you are probably thinking about available options. There are two key options when it comes to elder care, including Care Facilities and Home Care.

Yet, how do you know what will be the best fit for your loved one? Both options come with benefits, so it is important to consider what you need most from a care solution. The following is an overview of the services provided in care facilities in contrast to the services offered in home care.


Care Facilities 


Access to Around-the-clock Care

A key benefit of care facilities is their ability to provide around-the-clock care for you or your elderly relatives. If you are at high risk or experiencing severe health issues, this could be a vital element that can help you make an informed decision.

Continuous care means that your loved one will have access to healthcare professionals around-the- clock. This means that your loved one’s health concerns can be addressed in a timely manner and this can improve your confidence and quality of life. Additionally, nurses and carers will have the tools to help get the treatment you need in the place you call home.

Supportive Schedules

Some of the best care facilities, including the likes of pride themselves on providing supportive schedules designed to enhance the lives of their residents. These schedules outline care needs, meal preferences, and entertainment, which will help to create a sense of normalcy.

High-quality Care

Many care facilities will boast the highest level of care and treatment available, and with so many people working there, you can always feel confident that your needs can be met. Although you can expect high-quality from home care, you may not have immediate access to an onsite interdisciplinary team with a wealth of knowledge.

Should you select a care facility, you will want to be confident in your decision. Knowing that your loved one would have around-the-clock access to care might improve his or her quality of life and validate your decision.

The Opportunity to Develop New relationships

It can be challenging to develop new relationships as you grow older. But it is a critical element of wellbeing and happiness when aging. Elders often feel isolated. However, in a care home, your loved one may be introduced to a variety of individuals with whom you share similar interests.

Of course, there is no guarantee you will find like-minded people to become friends with, at least not at first. However, being exposed to others each day, will provide an opportunity to identify individuals with whom you might build relationships.

Home Care

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Familiarity: There is no Place Like Home

Familiarity is one of the most popular elements of home care. Rather than packing up your life and moving to a place you have never been (and one that is often smaller), you can receive care in the comfort of your home.

Familiarity not only includes your pets, your favorite spot on the sofa, and your routine. With home care, the caregiver will come to the home, so your loved one may not need to leave the home to access services.

Maintain Independence

As much as friendships and relationships are crucial for the elderly, independence is also vital for mental wellbeing. Nobody likes feeling helpless. However, if your loved one is not empowered in a care home, he or she may start depending on staff rather than doing the things he or she is still able to perform.

By remaining at home and accessing home care, your loved one can maintain his or her independence. In fact, depending on your loved one’s condition and ability, he or she should be encouraged to do as much as safely possible without assistance. This means your loved one can cook meals, watch TV, and even take a nap when he or she feels like it. If you are unsure about your loved one making a substantial lifestyle change, home care might be a better fit.

You can Maintain Normalcy  

Staying at home and accessing home care, means that your loved one can go shopping, take his or her pets for a walk, exercise, and see friends and family without other considerations. For example, while your loved one can have visitors in a care home, there are often set times, that may be inconvenient for friends and family. With home care, family can visit when they please. This allows for matching the normality of routines which is vital to your loved one’s happiness and wellbeing.

Home Care Modifications and Adjustments

If you opt for home care you may need to make modifications to the home. Care homes are designed to meet safety standards; however, the average home does not have these features. If you and your loved one select home care, you’ll need to think of the most vital home upgrades.

These adjustments are not necessarily straightforward. Some homes may not be conducive to the modifications necessary to protect your loved one’s safety. You may need to make some challenging decisions based on services needed to increase your loved one’s quality of life. Budget is also an important consideration.

Deciding with Confidence

With both options offering numerous benefits, the decision can be tricky, but not impossible to make. It all comes down to what is best for your loved one. Understanding your options will help you and your loved one select the perfect care option with confidence.