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How to Choose the Best Option: Home Care vs. Residential Care

Can’t decide between home care and residential care?

When it comes to aged care, you might have to choose between hiring home care services and living in a home care residence, such as the Arcare age care facilities.

There is no right and wrong choice. But you must pick one that suits your needs and addresses your concerns at the right time.

To help simplify decision-making, why not look into the pros and cons of either option?

Home Care

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Pros

  • Provides round-the-clock care that is based on the individual requirements of a care recipient. This means, it is designed fully flexible and based on the different levels of care a senior needs.
  • Exact type of care is given. For example, if an elderly only needs assistance preparing a hot meal, this will be the only task a caregiver will handle.
  • Seniors will receive dedicated, one-to-one support from care workers.
  • Maintains a familiar environment for seniors to stay in touch with the same social network they have been accustomed to.
  • Carers can provide seniors regular outings to foster companionship and friendship in an informal environment.
  • Seniors have the freedom to choose how to live and enjoy their social and active life.
  • Introducing a carer only requires minimal adjustment as opposed to being surrounded by strangers and being in unfamiliar surroundings.

Cons

  • Poses a challenge of leaving a senior loved one under the care of care workers, who might be a stranger initially
  • Live-in care workers may be required for certain individuals to meet their 24/7needs.
  • Depending on the agency you work with, different staff may be provided for different days that may result in inconsistency of care.
  • Geographical limits can pose a problem, especially if the care services in the area are limited.
  • Employing a care worker can be daunting and challenging.

Residential Care

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Pros

  • Has a qualified clinical team that provides round-the-clock care, along with medical professionals to check on residents and patients.
  • Best suited to individuals with high dependency or those unable to perform most self-care tasks.
  • Offers social programs, such as excursions and outings, to ensure clients stay socially active and engaged.
  • Offers a whole new group of people that residents can build and maintain friendship with if they so inclined.

Cons

  • Does not provide emergency care for clients with acute conditions.
  • Organized activities may be less flexible as they are designed based on the needs of a group care recipient.
  • The change of environment can have an impact on the emotional wellbeing of an elderly, especially because they can’t bring their personal items with them.
  • Loneliness can be a problem, especially for someone who feels forced to be in contact with people they don’t know.
  • Requires a bond to be paid that, in some cases, may require the family home to be sold. The bond, however, will be returned to you when a senior loved one passes on.

Both home care and residential care have their share of pros and cons. But continuous improvements on services provided are sure to minimize the disadvantages.

In Australia, for example, some aged care residences follow a person-centered care approach where residents are equal partners in the planning, development, and monitoring of the care services provided to them.

How health and social services are delivered is done in the way people using them think and do. Unlike giving people whatever they want, this approach takes into consideration a senior’s desires, values, lifestyle, social circumstances, and family situations.

Given the information above, you can choose the best aged care for you or a loved one. In some cases, you might need to switch from home care to residential care at a certain point in time.