Why Is Home Care Preferred Over Nursing Homes?

Author: Andrea Miller

Reviewed by: Brindusa Vanta

Home care is preferred over nursing homes by many older adults because they want to maintain independence and control over their lives. Seniors often feel comfortable in familiar surroundings. Aging in place allows them to maintain strong community connections, especially if they’ve lived in the same area for decades. According to the AARP, 77% of adults aged 50 and older want to live at home as they age. Home care services help these individuals achieve this goal.

What Common Challenges Do Seniors Who Age at Home Face?

Common challenges that seniors who age at home face include safety hazards, loneliness and lack of transportation. To prevent the risk of falls, the home should have stair-free entryways and an accessible bathroom on the first floor.

Seniors need a strong support network to successfully age at home, and they should also have the ability to get around their neighborhood independently. The Area Agency on Aging and other organizations address common challenges by connecting older adults with resources such as transportation, social opportunities and housekeeping help.

What Services Does Home Care Provide?

Home care provides services such as assistance from a home health aide, help with money management, meal delivery or cooking assistance, help with household chores and personal care assistance. Other services include help making health care appointments and transportation to doctor visits as needed. 

Seniors receive this type of help from family caregivers or hire a home health care agency. Providers from home health care agencies include professional therapists, licensed practical nurses and trained health aides. 

Would Home Care Benefit Your Loved One?

Home care would benefit your loved one if they require help with activities of daily living, such as preparing meals, managing medications, bathing and dressing. Home health providers also care for people who need help managing a newly diagnosed medical condition, require skilled nursing services such as wound care or struggle to get around independently. If your family member has a terminal diagnosis, hospice providers also offer home care.