Nursing Home vs. In-Home Care: What’s the Best Fit for You?

We are frequently contacted with questions about what is the best living situation for a loved one, spouse, or parent. Usually these questions are precipitated by an unexpected event. For example, “Mom fell and broke her hip. She is in a skilled rehab facility, Medicare days are up tomorrow, and she insists that she is going home.” Or maybe it’s “Dad got pneumonia, he’s hospitalized, and it has been so busy I haven’t had time to think about what’s next. The hospital says he is getting discharged tomorrow and there is no way he has the strength to clean the house or take a shower.”

The reality is, these scenarios are unlimited. If the instances above are sounding all-too-real, it may be time to step back and take a look at all of your options. Many times, families are forced to make a quick decision on what living situation is the best. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

· In what environment would your loved one want to be cared for? The comfort of their own home or a facility surrounded by people.

· Most people find comfort in being at home, so if the answer is home, ask yourself, can he or she manage daily tasks (housekeeping, cooking, showering…) on their own?

· If not, does someone in the family have the capacity to assist them? With this fast paced, busy world the answer is usually no. Don’t feel guilty. Your loved one might even be more accepting of care from an outside source.

· Do you think if you hired someone your loved one could get by with 12 or less hours of care a day? Maybe this would mean having a caregiver there during the day to help with getting ready, cooking meals, cleaning, laundry, and showering.

· If you think your loved one needs around the clock care what makes you feel that way? Are they wandering at night? Do you they fall getting to the bathroom in the middle of the night?

· What is your loved one’s financial situation? Do they qualify for Medicaid? Are all these questions beginning to get overwhelming? Wish there was someone you could meet with and they could help point you in the right direction?

Give Kore Cares a call. The owners have 18 years of experience in caring for seniors and have helped point many in the right direction. Yes, Kore Cares is a home care agency. Yes, we love it when people choose home care, but foremost, we want to make sure your loved one is in the best environment possible for their happiness and safety and for your peace of mind. We are not going to push home care if we feel it’s not the right fit. We are well connected in the community, and we do our best to keep up-to-date on all the senior services in Sioux Falls. We promise to give you an unbiased opinion on what setting might be best. Whatever you need, we are here to help.

(605) 275-2344