Nursing Care In Home vs. Nursing Homes
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What is Nursing Care in Home?
Care that is delivered in the home by a home health aide, homemaker, or nurse that typically includes the following types of care:
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as:
Feeding, Bathing, Toileting, Dressing, Grooming, Teeth Brushing, Assitance with walking or using a wheelchair, Transportation, Food shopping, Cooking, House cleaning, Medication management, Laundry, Changing, Companionship.
The cost of in Home Care averages $19-25 an hour for health aides, to $18-24 an hour for homemaker/companion. You should know that many home health care agencies do provide training on how to care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia for their employees. Many home care service agencies and private providers require a minimum of 4 hours per day.
In-home care is certainly a lower cost solution to nursing homes or assisted living, however, it all depends on the level of care your loved one needs, and ultimately how many hours of care that are needed in the home.
Independence At Home
For most seniors, in-home care is the best alternative to nursing home care or assisted living, because it allows them to maintain their independence for as long as possible. Most providers are even trained to care for Alzheimer’s clients.
Many states require accreditation and licensing for in-home care agencies, whereas there are no such standards for independent workers, so be cautious if hiring an independent health care provider.
If you or a loved one are considering in-home care services please call us to set up a no obligation in home assessment at (800) 296-9962.
What is a Nursing Home?
Today in the United States, there are over 15,000 nursing homes and the number is growing. Nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing facilities, are for seniors who require constant medical care and need significant assistance with the activities of daily living. The goal of care in a nursing home is to help individuals meet their daily physical, medical, social, and psychological needs. Nursing homes are generally stand alone facilities, but some are operated within a hospital or an assisted living community.
Activities of daily living include bathing, dressing, and meal preparation but may also extend to assistance with transportation, paying bills, making appointments, and simply being there to provide companionship and emotional support.
Home care services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be paid for directly by the client or through a variety of public and private funding sources such as Long Term Care Insurance, workers’ compensation, and Medicaid.
Residents of nursing homes generally have high care needs and complex medical conditions that require routine skilled nursing services. Due to the constant care needs of its residents, nursing homes are required by federal law to have a licensed nurse on duty 24 hours a day. Residents typically share a room and are served meals in a central dining area. Residents should have the opportunity to be involved in activities that provide mental, physical, and social stimulation. Be sure to ask about activities offered when you tour the facility.
The average cost of care for nursing home care is high and ranges between $6,000 to $10,000 per month. Cost is determined by the level of care needed, the setting where the care is provided, and the geographic location. Due to the high cost of care, many residents use supplemental funding from the government in the form of Medicare and/or Medicaid.
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If you or a loved one are not ready for assisted living or nursing home care and are considering in-home care services- please call us to set up a no obligation in home assessment at (800) 296-9962.