Choosing between home care or nursing home care can be difficult. The goal of many seniors or people who live with a disability is to stay at home as long as possible. This makes sense, as home is where people are most comfortable and are free to be themselves. It is understandable that seniors and people with disabilities take pride in their independence and still being able to do things on their own.
Many times this goal leads to family members or friends stepping in and helping out so that the person can still remain at home. This can be a workable arrangement for some time. However, after a while, it may not work anymore.
There may come a time when a senior or someone with a disability is no longer able to be cared for in their own home. Making meals, grocery shopping, hygiene, self-care, and other activities of daily living may become impossible.
Even having someone there constantly to help with these things may not solve the problem. Caregivers can easily get burnt out, overburdened, and even physically injured when trying to care for someone at home.
This is when the care of a nursing home comes in. In a nursing home setting, seniors or people with disabilities are under constant care and supervision. Nutritious meals are cooked for them, activities are planned to keep their minds sharp and allow for socialization.
There are also staff and equipment there to help with all of the residents various needs; from toileting to getting in and out of bed. Medications and various treatments are also supervised by medical care professionals.
If you or someone you know is burnt out as a caregiver, or a senior or person with a disability can no longer safely care for themselves in the comfort of their own home, the next step is a nursing home setting. Here their loved one will be cared for and have their needs safely met 24 hours a day.