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Caregivers Indianapolis IN: Home Care Options and Your Senior

When your loved one starts to fail, why should you consider home care? Is it really better than a nursing home? Let’s look over some of the facts, and then you can make your decision.

  1. You are not stripping loved ones of their dignity. Also most seniors don’t need the full services of nursing homes. The senior may just need some help in taking care of his or herself. Also, he or she has worked too hard to enjoy the things acquired to be sent somewhere with people the senior has never met before and might not even care to be around. When seniors have in home care though, they stay at home where they want to be.
  2. A nursing home won’t let people just go out when they want to go out. And unless your senior is very ill, a nursing home is not where he or she wants to be. With home care, your senior still has the freedom to come and go as might be desired though. Your senior has a schedule of his or her own making and not someone else’s; like in traveling or going for a simple walk. And a home care companion will make sure your senior is safe and taken well care of too.
  3. A home care service will cook, clean, remind your senior to take medication and help with exercise. The home care companion is there to totally devote individual time to taking care of your loved one. In a nursing home, your senior is just one of many no matter how good the care is.
  4. If your senior is in a nursing home, it takes longer for recovery from illnesses. This is especially true if your loved one isn’t home, then the nursing home will be associated with a hospital. And if hospitals recognize that going home as soon as possible is good for recovery, the idea of being home is also true in the case of senior care. And if your senior is ill, home care will be there to nurse him or her through an illness in the comfort of the home. On top of that, being around familiar things will comfort your loved one.
  5. In a nursing home, having access to loved ones is more difficult. When a loved one is cared for in the own home though, the total freedom of having the special people in his or her life come to visit is there. It helps for more positive feelings which keeps depression from forming.
  6. Believe it or not, home care is cheaper than a nursing home. There are different charges for different services, but the cost is still cheaper in the long run. There are also different packages to choose from to meet any budget.

So there you have it for an informed choice. No one is knocking nursing homes and the many good people working in them in the information presented. But home is always better.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of and

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