Home health care and nursing homes offer some important differences. One of the biggest decisions you will ever make for an elderly loved one in your life is deciding whether to hire a home support worker or put your loved one in a nursing home. This is never an easy decision, but with a bit of thought and consideration, you can better understand your options and be sure you make the right choice.

The term home health care refers to supportive care offered in the patient’s home. In the case of a nursing home, the patient is placed in a facility where they are provided with around the clock care. Nursing homes are private institutions that accommodate the elderly, providing health care and other services. Nursing homes are set up all around the United States and the rest of the world.

There are certain advantages and disadvantages to consider here. Home health care is ideal for many seniors, because it allows them to stay comfortable and secure in their own home. A worker comes in and helps them with things they need assistance with, but allows them to stay in their home, instead of going to a nursing home.

In nursing homes, Medicare does not cover personal care such as bathing, feeding, dressing and bathroom use. For home care, Medicare does not cover custodial care, homemaker services and meal deliveries.

From the year 2007 to 2012, it has also been surveyed that nursing homes have increased their rates at 4.28 percent for private nursing homes and 4.5 percent for semiprivate nursing homes. Home care facilities only increased their rates at 1.09 percent for the same period of time.

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