With a larger elderly population than ever before, more and more people are having to confront the choice of which type of senior care they want for their aging loved one.
In general, there are three routes you can take; send them to a nursing home, become their primary caregiver yourself, or hire an in-home care agency. Which of these choices is best for your family? Let's examine the positives and negatives of each.
Nursing home care is fairly well-known, and most people have a pretty good idea of what to expect from a large medical facility. The care in a nursing home is fairly predictable-the nurses are there on-site all the time to take care of their elderly patients.
Furthermore, the elderly living there will usually stay there for the remainder of their lives, because they have generally moved out of their home and it is either sold or occupied by another family member.
Senior care assisted living in a nursing home can work for some families, but it has big drawbacks:
1. It's Expensive: Because the aging client is living on-site and receiving round the clock elder care, nursing homes tend to be very costly. It's not unusual for the cost of a nursing home to eat up all of a person's assets in just a couple of years.
2. It's Impersonal: Large medical institutions by design are usually cookie cutter-style operations. What this means is the individual needs of the patients are not always addressed the way they should be.