Many joys and challenges come along with aging. While becoming wiser is one such advantage of living to old age, health care problems also increase with age. There may even come a time where you need to make a choice regarding your long-term health care situation. Should you live in a nursing home, or would home care be a better option? 

While every individual situation is different, there are some advantages to choosing home care over staying at a long-term nursing facility. 

What is home care? 

As the name suggests, home care is when you receive personal health services at your home. This type of care helps you stay in your home so you do not have to go to a nursing home if you do not want to. According to FindLaw, such home care services can include not only the following but many more services as well. 

  • Personal care  
  • Safety services 
  • In-home health care 
  • Housecleaning 
  • Food-related services 

What are the benefits? 

These services help you stay independent while also providing a means for you to remain social and have someone check in with you. Many elderly people feel lonely, and home care can help with this issue. Aside from maintaining independence, home care services are often more cost-effective than a private nursing home because you only need to pay for the services you want to use. Additionally, you may feel more comfortable overall because you are in a familiar place. 

While home care is a great option for many reasons, it is not always best for people who have serious conditions or illnesses. You can always end home care and transition to an LTCF as your needs change.