The choice between home care and a nursing home is a serious one. A lot of people who live with disabilities, and seniors, have a desire to stay in their homes as long as they can. People feel more at ease and can be themselves when they remain in their homes rather than in a care facility.
Seniors and disabled individuals alike place a lot of value on their independence. They want to do things on their own.
Their desire to remain independent has prompted their family and friends to offer assistance in helping them stay in their homes. This is a workable solution many times but can also become problematic in time.
There may come a time when these independent individuals can no longer to receive care in their homes. This often happens because they lose their ability to shop, cook their meals, or maintain their hygiene and other necessary daily activities.
Even when they’re receiving continuous care from their loved ones, things can still become problematic. Trying to take on all the responsibilities involved in caring for a person in their home can cause “burnout” for the caregivers. They can be overcome with the burden or even suffer physical injury.
Whenever this happens, the caregivers are forced to rethink their decision to provide care at home. Sometimes this means they see a nursing home as being better able to handle the needs of their loved one.
While in a nursing home, the person is under constant scrutiny and supervision. They are given healthful, nutritious meals, and plenty of social activities to keep their minds sharp.
In a nursing home facility, there is also a qualified staff and updated equipment to help meet the needs of residents. This care includes helping with medications, getting in and out of the bath and bed, and various treatments that would be difficult to do in the home.
Caregivers who experience “burnout”, as well as disabled individuals and seniors who can no longer care for themselves at home, need to give nursing home care some consideration. While in this setting, care is given 24/7.