The Benefits of In-Home Care Over a Nursing Home
When it comes to long-term care, you need to find the right balance of comfort and simplicity for your needs - and in-home care provides both!
Aging, and the limitations that come with it, is a reality all of us must face. Whether you are considering long-term care options for a loved one or for yourself, in-home care is much more accessible than you might think! Below we take you through the benefits of opting for in-home long-term care options over a nursing home!
The Personal Touch
An in-home caregiver provides the opportunity for completely customizable care, whether for specific types of meals, when and how to take medications, or what days and times their help is required.
A one-on-one, personalized approach means you or your loved one won’t get lost in the group, and you can arrange for your schedule to be based on your own preferences or needs.
Did you know government regulations for long term care nursing homes only require two baths per week? With in-home care, you can personalize your requirements to fit your lifestyle and needs.
Your House, Your Rules
In a long-term care nursing home, you have to change your lifestyle to fit that of the establishment. This means that your schedule will be largely planned out for you, your family will only be able to visit you at certain times (and will have to travel to a new location), and you will have to adapt to sharing your space (sometimes even your room!) with many other people.
With in-home care, you get to spend your time in your own home, not a shared living space. Your family can visit, and stay, as much and as long as you choose, and your schedule is still your own.
Spend all the time you want to with your family!
Maintain Your Independence
When you move to a nursing home, there’s a significant loss of independence. In addition to your time no longer being your own, you are forced to have everything done for you.
With in-home care, you can have a caregiver help with specific things, like bathing, cooking and cleaning, buying groceries, and taking you to doctor’s appointments. An in-home caretaker helps you with the more challenging requirements, while allowing you to keep doing the things you can and enjoy doing.
Do what you still enjoy - and get help with what takes a bit longer!
What About the Cost?
Many people perceive in-home care as too expensive - but the option for a customized approach means you can pick and choose the help you need, keeping you or your loved one taken care of, and staying in-budget. Remember also that staying in your own home makes you eligible for free government home care services.
The cost of very high levels of in-home care will undoubtedly be more than the cost of living in a Nursing Home, however, the psychological and emotional benefits of "aging in place" can be significant.
Things to Remember
An in-home caretaker is a great option for you or your loved one to feel comfortable and independent in a budget-friendly, personalized way. It is important to keep in mind that certain changes to your home may be required to make this option possible. We recommend having a conversation with your in-home caregiving provider about small renovations like ramps and stair-lifts.
Retire-At-Home Services Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge provides compassionate elder care with in-home nursing services that help seniors stay healthy at home.
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