In-Home Care vs. Facility Living


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In-Home Care vs. Facility Living

The Pros & Cons of In-Home Care vs Nursing Homes

If you are like most people, you want the best care available for your loved ones, especially as they begin to experience the physical and emotional effects of aging. Whatever your relationship to a senior citizen who faces memory-related disorders (dementia and Alzheimer's, illness or injury, you undoubtedly want assurance their safety, comfort, dignity, health and well-being will be protected whether they continue to live independently in their home or if you place them in a skilled nursing center.

According to a study released by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP): Nearly 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as aging in place. But family members worry their advanced-age loved ones could fall and injure themselves if left unattended, or that memory problems could impact their ability to take prescribed medications as directed. So how do you make the call?

Pros & Cons of Nursing Homes vs In-Home Care


Nursing Home: You can't expect one-on-one care. Nursing homes make profit based on numbers. So, the more people they can house, the greater their percentage of profit. What's more, funding for care is not personalized. When the call button is pushed, help will eventually arrive. But the response could take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on staff as well as the needs of the other residents.

In-Home Care: If you hire in-home care, your loved one will be attended to on a one-to-one basis. In other words, with just one patient to attend to, staff can immediately respond to deliver care.


Nursing Home: Most skilled nursing centers operate using a rotating routine. Staff members meet to discuss case history during shift changes. But these meetings rarely allow for time to individual resident's history and preferences. What's more, routines are set based on what works best for the staff and majority of patients rather than being set based on the needs of your loved one. In this way, things will probably be different for your loved one from how he or she operated at home, but, in top-rated facilities, resident choices are meant to be honored as much as possible.

In-Home Care: When you hire an in-home care giver who is trained to take care of your loved one, he or she can take as much time as necessary to set calendars and arrange activities to suit personal preferences. Because their schedule does not have to meld with the needs of the many, your patient"s dietary requests and hygiene requirements are the priority. What"s more, schedules can be determined based on how the patient feels at any given time.


Nursing Home: Medications will likely change once your loved one is admitted to a nursing home. Since the nursing home industry is one of the most highly regulated industries in the U.S., regulations about dosages and types of approved medications might impact your patient"s pain management. For example, while a senior citizen is in the hospital, he may have been given sleeping pills. But nursing home physicians would be required to try alternatives before prescribing sleep aids, since such medications could potentially increase the risk of falls.

In-Home Care: Since in home care giving is less stringently regulated than skilled nursing centers, you should make sure you work with a firm which employs trained care givers rather than hiring someone who does not have professional training. This is the only way you can be assured that the person managing your loved one's care is qualified to provide the best possible care. If you are working with a reputable firm, such as SYNERGY HomeCare in Upland, you can rest assured that your loved one will receive the right medications in the right dosage at the right time.


Nursing Home: Very few nursing homes offer a large, private room. So, if your loved one is moving out of her home into a skilled nursing center, she needs to be prepared to live with roommates sometimes as many as three or four, with little separating them other than a curtain or pony wall!

In-Home Care: Your loved one will not only convalesce in the comfort of his own home, but he will be far removed from germs and illnesses, such as C. Diff and Pneumonia, which plague group facilities. Since in-home care centers such as SYNERGY HomeCare offer services based on need rather than in pre-packaged segments, the care giver can come and go according to budget, personal preferences, and care needs.

SYNERGY HomeCare is the only non-medical home care company with the proprietary C.A.R.E. Team approach. At SYNERGY HomeCare, C.A.R.E. stands for Coordinated and Responsive Engagement and we don't just provide home care, we provide solutions! Our Care Team members are trusted and experienced, thoroughly reference-checked, nationally background-checked, licensed, and insured. Invite us to your home for a FREE in-home consultation. Call 909-920-0333 or email [email protected] for families living in Glendora, Covina, Walnut, West Covina, San Dimas, LaVerne, Pomona, Claremont, Ontario, Montclair, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga or Fontana, California. Why Synergy/Inland Empire? Because we C.A.R.E.!

Larry Hogan

Larry Hogan is the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare's office in Upland California.

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