As we age, we all begin to require more help with everyday tasks, personal care, and managing our health, but the reality of ageing shouldn’t feel scary or overwhelming. When the time comes and you need a little more help, your choice of where to live should always be in your hands.
There are many benefits to choosing home care instead of a care home, but this is a big life choice, and we understand you will want to make the best decision for yourself or your loved one. We’ve helped thousands of families, so whatever questions you have about home care vs a care home, Home Instead can help.
Home care, or domiciliary care, means care received in someone’s own home instead of in a hospital, clinic, assisted living facility, care home or nursing home. You or your loved one may need a helping hand with daily activities like cooking, cleaning or remembering to take medications, or medical support like arthritis and mobility care, catheter or stoma management, or something else.
Whatever your needs, if you are not yet ready to move to a care home, it is highly likely the care you require can be provided in the comfort of your own home by a trained professional. You can read more in our guide: What Is Home Or Domiciliary Care?
Home care has many advantages that make it a perfect choice for individuals with disabilities or anyone recovering from an illness or surgery, however it is also a great option for seniors who require additional care as they age. Not every elderly person will benefit from home care, but here are some of the advantages:
The World Health Organization recommends elderly individuals are cared for in their own homes for as long as possible to maintain a strong sense of wellbeing, ideally by a home help organisation in order to reduce pressure on families.
Individuals living with dementia may find home care especially helpful, as staying in familiar surroundings means they are less likely to feel confused, anxious or lost. A 2013 study found those living with dementia at home experienced higher activity levels, quality of life, and felt more socially connected than those living in a care home. Another study found that after one month of home care, participants were less likely to develop acute confusion than those living in a care home.
Staying at home also means the individual can manage things like temperature and noise levels in the home, when they feel like socialising, when they want to eat and sleep, and more. All of these options contribute to a sense of independence.
Everyone requires bespoke care, and home care won’t suit everyone. Some disadvantages of this type of care include:
At Home Instead, we wholeheartedly believe home care has more benefits than a care home, however we acknowledge there may also be advantages to care homes. Here are some of their benefits:
Care homes also have equipment and infrastructure to help those with mobility issues. These can also be installed at home, and studies have shown home assessment and tailored interventions can reduce recurrent falls of elderly individuals by as much as 38%.
As above, care homes also have their disadvantages, for example:
While care homes can be useful, for all of the above reasons many people choose to avoid moving into a care home for as long as possible. Instead, home care can be a great option that can maintain health, independence, wellbeing and a sense of control over your life and care.
At Home Instead, we understand there’s no place like home, so our home care offering aims to help elderly individuals retain independence and stay in familiar surroundings.
We offer a number of bespoke services which can be tailored to your needs, including companionship, home help and housekeeping, personal care and grooming, night care, respite care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, cancer support, neurological care, postoperative and recovery care, vital signs monitoring, diabetes monitoring, and more.
Our Care Professionals are highly trained to deliver the individualised services you need, so no matter what type of home care you require, we can provide a tailored service that suits you or your loved one – reach out to the team at Home Instead to learn more.
We’re an award-winning home care provider and part of a worldwide organisation devoted to providing the highest-quality relationship-led care for older people in their own homes. Arranging care for yourself or your loved one shouldn’t be stressful, so whatever questions you would like answered, feel free to reach out to the Home Instead team to discuss your needs.