Nursing Homes Vs. In Home Care
Learn more about what distinguishes Zeeland nursing homes from in home care.
Nursing homes provide long-term medical care for seniors with chronically illness, dementia, progressive autoimmune and neurological disorders, and those who are near the end of life. These homes are also useful for seniors who were discharged from the hospital but still require a level of medical care that they cannot perform themselves. These homes also provide rehabilitation and therapy for those recovering from injuries such as knee and hip replacements, strokes, and traumatic brain injuries.
Care in a nursing home can be short or long-term. The idea that once you enter a nursing home you can never leave is simply not true. That said, the majority of patients who use nursing home services are over 80 years old and remain there until they pass. According to The National Nursing Home Survey, the majority of patients who die in a nursing home spend less than two years there. Their deaths are not unexpected, either, as these seniors "are considered long-term care patients -- they will never recover or stabilize to the point where they can take care of themselves and go back home."
Virtually all residents of a nursing home require extensive support with daily living tasks as well as advanced medical needs or supervision. They often have difficulty getting around or have lost mobility.
Why Choose Zeeland In Home Care?
While nursing homes may provide great services for a number of seniors, researchers found that the vast majority (upwards of 95 percent) of seniors do not wish to leave their home. Even if they face physical, mental, or emotional challenges, these seniors want to age in place. In home care can make this possible.
In home care is, quite simply, care that is provided in a senior's home. The care can range from non-medical services such as housekeeping, laundry and meal preparation to skilled nursing support. Most in home care also provides for a senior's personal needs, such as bathing, grooming, and dressing. Unlike nursing homes, most in home care also provides local transportation options, help with errands, and out-of-home activities.
While 24-hour care is standard in nursing homes, in home care ranges from a mere 30 minutes a week to full-time, round-the-clock support. This allows in home care providers the flexibility to offer seniors the type or range of services they actually need and want.
The greatest difference between a nursing home and in home care, apart from the location, is the level of personalized service. Nursing homes have lots of patients and each requires significant care and supervision. In home care providers have just the senior to take care of, thus they become the sole focus of each activity, conversation, and discussion. In addition to the personalization of care, in home care also affords seniors the ability to remain independent and free while enjoying the comforts of their own furnishings, amenities, and memories. This reduces stress and anxiety while increasing a senior's sense of well-being and overall quality of life.
In short, there are times when a nursing home is the right choice for a senior with advanced medical needs that cannot be safely provided for at home. With the many advances in in-home care, however, the necessity of a nursing home stay is becoming more and more infrequent.