A great majority of seniors hope to stay in place as they age. After all, it’s home sweet home — and a familiar surrounding. Today, there are dozens of options for seniors when health or mobility has become a burden. Whether you or a loved one is looking to downsize or for quick access to medical care, we’ve lined out some considerations to help you weigh home care vs. nursing home care.
If you’re considering in-home, access to health care can be tricky if you don’t have a plan in place. You’ll need to consider how much or how often you or your loved one will need medical attention. There are some agencies and organizations to assist with this, though. From medication and meal preparation to diabetic and cardiac care, you can take advantage of skilled nursing services. If mobility is a particular issue, you have the option to have a physical or occupational therapist come to your home on a regular basis.
Seniors often prefer remaining in-home because there are so many memories and familiarities attached — which can be beneficial for those suffering from dementia. On the other hand, keeping up with a household (especially when one lives alone) can be particularly difficult. If you choose home care, you’ll need to establish plans for lawn care, cleaning, grocery shopping, and other errands. Additionally, you’ll need to safety-proof the home, clearing walkways, stabilizing furniture, and ensuring rugs stay put.
Another thing to consider is a form of wearable technology that allows the senior to contact emergency or medical services when needed. This is particularly useful when a senior has issues with mobility or has fallen and isn’t within reach of a phone.
Nursing homes are the convention option to ensure you’ll always have access to nursing staff and medical attention. Pay careful attention reviewing facilities, as they each provide their own services and care options. Today, senior nursing care facilities offer a variety of amenities and shared spaces for visiting family and entertaining.
Rather than a traditional “home,” there are community-driven options available such as apartments or duplexes. These are ideal environments not only for their access to medical care but their opportunities for social interaction.
The decision of home care vs. nursing care is really a balancing act between physical and emotional needs. Both options have a variety of pros and cons to consider. Our team here at McCortney Hospice encourages you to take advantage of the many resources out there. It’s an incredibly important decision and we want you to be happy and feel cared for. For more information on your senior care options, always feel free to give us a call at (405) 360-2400.