We often have to confront some problematic aspects of life when we, or rather our parents, get older. There could come a time when it’s becoming increasingly clear that they’re no longer able to take care of themselves fully and that they need a little help in doing so. At this stage, many people look into assisted living care, nursing home care, or in-home care.

However, it’s essential to know the distinction between the three. While fundamentally, the three have the same objective to ensure that the client receives an excellent standard of care and can live to the best of their ability, they are different in scope.

Assisted Living Care, Nursing Home Care, and In-home Care

We’ll get into the specifics of what differentiates assisted living care, nursing home care, and in-home care later on, but first, let’s look at the fundamental difference. Assisted living provides care in a relaxed and social setting outside of the home for full-time residency. This type of care is aimed at people who need an additional dose of personal care rather than medical care. A nursing home also provides personal care, but it can provide medical care, too. Some people have needs that make them suitable for nursing care and probably wouldn’t be ideal for assisted living care. In-home care is when a caretaker helps a client with daily needs such as personal care, hygiene, cooking, cleaning, shopping, and more. It’s important to remember that this type of care does not provide medical care but can help clients stay on top of their medications with medication reminder assistance. 

Key Differences

In an assisted living facility, the client receives personal care and medication management. In a nursing home, the client would receive the same personal care level and additional medical help. Clients are treated by trained nurses, who can also provide limited medical treatments. Another critical difference between the two is the space. With assisted living, the emphasis really is on assisted living; a client receives care, but they’re also able to enjoy a full life. You’ll find that there are social settings where residents can get together, activities are scheduled, and meals are cooked. With nursing care, there is less of an emphasis on these types of care because the client requires more assistance, so the focus is on medical care. 

Assisted living is designed for people who only need limited amounts of care. They’re generally able to walk and things like that. With nursing care, the person would require extensive care, including daily medical care. It could be that they’re not able to move without assistance. 

Now, here is how in-home care differs from both of the above. First off, in-home care is exactly what it says it is – care inside the home. Clients do not need to live in a different residence with other people. Instead, caretakers come to the client’s home to assist. Our experience has shown that one solution is not a good fit for every person. We will take the time to listen to your challenges and learn about your needs to tailor a program specifically for you. Our goal is to help you achieve the best quality of life possible while maximizing your independence and dignity. 

Staying in the comfort of your home may be more possible than you think with the help of our caring staff at A Special Touch In-home Care. We have a well-trained, talented, and professional team of staff that will be happy to talk about your options with you. If you decide to work with us, then you’ll find that your elderly relative receives excellent care and that you have peace of mind that they’re well looked after. Let us help you or your loved one overcome the obstacles faced, making life at home more relaxed and enjoyable. We can arrange for medical and non-medical visits from nurses, social workers, and home health aides. Contact us today!

Differences in Assisted Living Care, Nursing Care, and In-home Care