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In home care, assisted living and nursing care are three entirely different things, but many people confuse them and consequently might not be getting the right information that they need. To be short, in home care provides services in the home of the client, assisted living provides a secure community with limited assistance, and nursing care provides full time care in a nursing home or other permanent environment. Each type of care is quite different and may or may not be right for your family. Understanding these differences is critical in order to make an informed and responsible decision.

In Home Care

In home care is the type of care preferred by most people because it allows clients to keep the maximum amount of independence possible. With this level of care, a professional will come to your home and care for your senior family member. Care can be light such as simple companionship and basic help around the house, or it can be more complex and include mobility assistance, help with incontinence issues, and transportation where appropriate.

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In home care is flexible in the sense that it can be provided just a few days a week, full time, or on a “relief” basis for family members or other care providers. This level of care is also generally the least expensive, making it an excellent option for many people who wish to remain at home and keep their independence.

Assisted Living

Assisted living is a moderate level of care featuring independent or semi-independent living in a specialized community that provides some level of senior care. This means that seniors generally live in their own apartment or condominium, but are not responsible for things like lawn care or major property upkeep, etc. Within this community there are generally a number of different types of assistance available; in some cases including nursing and transportation services to medical appointments, grocery shopping, etc.

Nursing Care

Nursing care generally refers to full time live-in care at a dedicated facility. This is the highest level of care and can include medication management, help with mobility, incontinence care, care for severe dementia or other emotional/mental disorders, and care for the bedridden. Many people progress naturally from in home care to assisted living to nursing care as their daily assistance needs change.

Because nursing care is such an intense level of care, it can be prohibitively expensive in some cases. Thankfully, most nursing care facilities accept many types of insurance, and military veterans may be eligible to receive benefits to pay for services related to any of these levels of care. However, for many people in home care is the preferred option. The independence and flexible support it allows helps families stay together, conserve resources, and relieve the burden of a primary caregiver.

For an immediate consultation and to learn how in home care can benefit your family, call a professional provider now or contact one by doing a Google search for one in your area.

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