Becoming a senior means it’s time to relax and enjoy the golden years. You have lived this long and probably want to spend your time making memories with your loved ones. The question here is where are you going to do this? In your own home or a care community? This question is by far one of the most stressful parts of becoming a senior. You question which is the best option and have to weigh out the pros and cons sooner rather than later. If you are not sure where to even begin when it comes to getting your information on home care and how to safely stay in your home, let our guide here at Advocare help you out. Our team is knowledgeable about the pros and cons of every decision a senior has to make, which is why we have come up with this guide. We know how difficult the decision can be and hope that this information can shed some light.
Home Care Management
There are many benefits to utilizing our home care management service. The main one being that you get to maintain some form of ownership and individuality. Many seniors who are opposed to nursing homes feel this way because they live in this home where there are schedules and restrictions. For instance, the meals are going to be planned out for a time, and you may not get to leave the nursing home very often. Your “decisions” are not always yours. Such as your care. You will have some say in what is going on. However, the people caring for you are ultimately listening to their director and your doctor. When you utilize our home care management service, everything is done on your schedule and per your rules. You get to decide how much help and care you want. You also get to have some autonomy over your decisions. Our home care management service will provide you with the right tools to make the best decision on what you are looking for in a caregiver. We will present you with multiple candidates that have experience with your specific situation and diagnosis. Ultimately, we will narrow it down to one candidate that you feel meets your criteria the most and customize a care schedule that works with your daily life. This option ultimately gives you more freedom. You may also not need intense care yet, making a nursing home feel unnecessary and something you are not ready for.
Nursing Home Care
On the other side of the coin is nursing homes. Nursing homes are great options for those who feel around the clock care could benefit them. If you have a lot of medical issues that require care from others, this option may be great for you. Most nursing homes have staff on board who are certified to help out with advanced medical conditions and issues. Having these staff around may give you peace of mind if health is a stressor for you. When it comes to conditions that need to be closely monitored by doctors, then nursing homes are a better option than home care. Many home care caregivers are only equipped to handle basic medical issues, making it not so great of an option for people with severe conditions. A nursing home is also a great option for those who are alone and miss the company of others. As we age, we begin to lose people near and dear to us, such as spouses and friends. Sure, we may have a family, but if your family lives far away or in another state, you may not get to see them too much. Nursing homes are great for those who want to be surrounded by other people their age. You can hang out with others who not only can relate to you but who are also only a few doors down. People tend to brush off social interaction as something only younger people need, but seniors need it just as much.
If you have been struggling to decide between home care and a nursing home, this guide may be able to help you make your decision. When it comes down to it, it depends on what you prioritize the most. Those who want to stay at home and be cared for 1 on 1 in the privacy of your own home should go with Advocare’s home care services. Those who have severe health issues and need around the clock care monitored by physicians should consider a nursing home. While it isn’t always that simple, this criteria can assist in deciding which level of care is most appropriate. To learn more about Advocare, located in Delray Beach, Florida, and our many services, give us a call today at (561) 266-3489.