When faced with the decision to move to a skilled nursing facility, assisted living facility, or receive in-home care, how do you choose?

According to the Congressional Budget Office’s article on the Rising Demand for Long-Term Services and Supports for Elderly People in 2013, over 80 percent of elderly people receiving care, are receiving it from private homes in their community.

In some situations, moving to a skilled nursing facility does make the sense. But when given a choice, why are so many more choosing home care?

  1. Preference – If you are making the choice for your aging loved one, keep in mind that - for most - home is where they prefer to be. The ability to eat, sleep and visit with friends when and where you want to is a freedom many take for granted until they move to certain nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
  2. Safety and Effectiveness – It is scientifically proven that patients heal faster from home.  Another issue to take into account is infection. When healing from home, the risk for infection is greatly decreased.
  3. Continuity of Care – When receiving care from home, the patient can often see the care provider of their choosing or the same physician they have gone to for decades.
  4. Cost – In addition to the aforementioned benefits, cost remains one of the main reasons individuals choose to receive care from home.  Traditionally, home care providers come with a lower price tag than nursing homes or assisted living facilities. You’re able to hire a care provider for anywhere from a few hours per day to all day care. You also avoid paying for amenities that you may or may not use when staying at a care facility.

Whichever home care option is right for you, you can count on Johns Hopkins Home Care Group to help you make living at home safe and comfortable.  Contact us today to discuss how we can be of service to your home care needs!

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