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What is in-home elder care?

In its truest meaning, in-home elder care refers to any type of care (medical or non-medical) that is provided to the patient in their home. Often, the term home care is used to distinguish non-medical care or custodial care, which is care that is provided by persons who are not nurses, doctors, or other licensed medical personnel, whereas the term home health care, refers to care that is provided by licensed personnel.

How does in-home elder care differ from home health care?

While in-home elder care can be used to describe both medical and non-medical care, typically home care refers to non-medical care such as companionship/homemaking services or personal care services, while home health care refers to the provision of skilled nursing care and other care such as speech, physical or occupational therapy.

Why should I choose in-home elder care?

Home care is delivered in the home and keeps families together.

When we are not feeling well, most of us want to be home. We enjoy the comfort of our residences and the joy of being with our loved ones. When our loved ones are ill, we try to get them home as soon as possible. Home care is particularly important in times of illness when families desire to be near one another for support.

Home care is a comforting alternative to premature admission to a long-term care facility.

Since most people would prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, home care can provide a level of service that is customizable to the client’s needs and keeps them in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible.

Home care is safe and promotes healing.

Many risks, such as infection, are eliminated or minimized when care is provided in the home. There is scientific evidence that many patients heal faster at home.

Home care allows for the maximum amount of freedom for the individual and promotes continuity.


Patients at home can remain active in their customary daily routines while receiving one-on-one care and attention. The patient’s care is monitored by their own physician.

Home care is less expensive than other forms of care and is the preferred form of care.


If skilled care is not needed around the clock, home care can allow you to create a customized care plan that meets your needs and your budget. National studies have shown that 95 percent of those who are 75 years old and older prefer to stay in their current residence for as long as possible.

 

What senior living options are available?

There are now many options available when it comes to elder care and senior care. Options available for elder care or senior care include:

Home Care

 In its truest meaning, home care refers to any type of care (medical or non-medical) that is provided to the patient in their home. In recent years, however, there has been a slight shift in using the terminology to emphasize non-medical care such as companionship/homemaking services or personal care services. Home health care typically refers to the provision of skilled nursing care and speech, physical or occupational therapy in the home environment.

Living Facilities

When a senior moves away from their home to receive care, there are several options available today. Independent living facilities, assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities offer living solutions for seniors who need or prefer to move from their current living environment.

Multi-unit senior housing developments that may provide supportive services such as meals, housekeeping, social activities, and group transportation are considered independent living facilities. Also known as congregate housing, supportive housing and retirement communities, independent living facilities typically provide meals in a central dining area at a set time. The term may also be used to describe housing with few or no services, such as a senior apartment. Many seniors may make use of home care options while living in these facilities.

Assisted living facilities are a housing option for older adults who need some assistance with the activities of daily living, but do not require the kind of 24-hour nursing and medical care provided by a skilled nursing facility. Two-thirds of assisted living facility residents pay out-of-pocket for their expenses. In 2011, the national average base rate for assisted living facilities was $3,477 in 2011 to $3,550 in 2012 (The MetLife Market Survey of Assisted Living Costs, November, 2012)

Skilled nursing facilities are an out-of-the-home care option for elderly persons who require continuous skilled nursing care. Often referred to as a nursing home, skilled nursing facilities can provide extensive care services such as intravenous feedings, blood pressure monitoring, medication administration, injections and care for patients on ventilators. In 2012, the national average cost of a private room in a nursing home was $248 per day – approximately $90,620 per year. (The MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home or Home Care Costs, November, 2012.)

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