Home Health Care or Long Term Care:
Choosing the Best Option for Your Loved One
Most families see home health care as the better option when an elderly member of the family starts to need more and more assistance doing things on a daily basis. This is true especially in families when the elderly loved one refuses to move in with a family member and prefers to live alone.
However, there are times when the condition of the loved one requires specific medical attention or around the clock monitoring, which means that a long term care facility may be the better choice. Families may reach a point when they need to choose between assisted living, or sending the loved one to a nursing care facility. Here are the instances that could help determine which of these options is best.
When to Choose Home Health Care
Home health care may be an appropriate option in the following instances:
- The elderly family member is still independent but needs a little help doing things around the house
- The elderly family member prefers to live alone at home
- The elderly family member is qualified for assisted living by state Health Services
- The elderly family member has an existing support system allowing her to live at home with assistance
When to Choose a Nursing Home or a Long Term Care Facility
Nursing homes or long term care facilities may be the better option when:
- The family member needs around-the-clock or specialized care
- The family member prefers to live in a nursing home
- The family is unable to provide 24-hour or specialized medical care at home
- The elderly family member is no longer able to care for himself and can no longer live alone
The time may come when the family realizes that the loved one is no longer getting the best care at home. He may no longer be able to care for himself due to disease or old age, or the family may be unable to give him the specialized care he needs. It’s therefore important to take great care in choosing which option to take, especially where the health, safety and comfort of the elderly loved one is concerned.