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Home Care vs Residential Care: Assisted Living, Nursing Home, Skilled Nursing Facilities

In-home care enables adults to retain their independence, the comfort of familiar surroundings, and their dignity and privacy as they age. Physically, in-home care can help seniors to remain active longer and maintain a level of mobility that’s not always possible in an assisted living facility, nursing home, or skilled nursing facility. Emotionally, at-home care helps prevent depression and its negative impact on health and quality of life—a risk for many seniors in nursing homes.

As you evaluate home care options in Florida, it’s also important to understand the different in-home care arrangements—home health agencies, nurse registries, and homemaker/companion organizations versus independent caregivers.

Home Care Team vs Independent Caregiver

Senior Nannies is a nurse registry—where our in-home caregivers are part of a team and the responsibilities of screening and working with them, including finding last-minute coverage, if needed, are handled for you. Review our 10-Step Home Caregiver Screening Process.

Here are some other important differences between home caregivers referred by Senior Nannies and independent caregivers who are not part of a larger team:

  • Independent Caregiver

Background screening required of
personnel providing home service

Yes No

Minimum standards for patient services

Yes No

Training or competency tests
required of non-licensed personnel?

Yes No

Levels of home caregiving

Homemaker, companion, home health aide (HHA), certified nursing assistant (CNA), skilled nursing (LPN, RN)

Depends on the caregiver

Hands-on personal care

Yes, by home health aides and certified nursing assistants

Depends on the caregiver

Home Care vs Assisted Living Facility

Assisted living is a housing option for seniors who need help with some activities of daily living, including minor help with medications—i.e., non-medical personal (or custodial) care. Higher levels of medical care support typically are not provided by an assisted living center. It’s important to confirm what’s included in any assisted living facilities you may be considering. In assisted living, there is less privacy and independence than in a senior’s own home. Some seniors find it difficult adjusting to the assisted living environment.

Home Care vs Nursing Home/Skilled Nursing Facility

Nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities are for any adult (not just the elderly) needing 24-hour medical care and supervision—and often non-medical assistance (custodial care) with basic activities of daily life—due to chronic illness, surgery, or an accident or injury. For financial reasons, some nursing homes are moving away from providing long-term care so it can be harder to arrange permanent nursing home placement. Even more than is the case with assisted living, there is less privacy and independence in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility than in a senior's own home.

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