Nursing home or home care: how does assisted living compare?

Did you know that the number of older people aged 85 and over has increased by over a third over the last decade? As a growing older population, according to AGE UK  by our late 80s, more than one in three of us will have difficulties undertaking five or more tasks of daily living unaided. So there is a rising demand for care services in this country.

However statistics show nearly all of us want to receive care services at home when we get older instead of  going into a care home. So how do you decide and how much is it going to cost?

What’s the difference between assisted living and a nursing home?

Thinking about getting care for a loved one, but not sure whether a nursing home is right for your relative? Then have you considered live-in care? It’s very different to residential care homes where the staff revolve in shift patterns and there’s not a single person dedicated to looking after a loved one.

Live-in care is a practical, affordable alternative to a residential care home. Let’s look at some of the key differences between care homes and live-in care at home.

Live-in CareCare Home
Stay in your own homevMove to a new environment
Costs from £1071 per weekvAverage cost £1200 per week
One to one carevShared care
Continuity and choice of lifestylevChange of lifestyle
Funding availablevFunding available
Choice of menu and meal timesvSet menus and meal times
Freedom to have family and pets at homevCommunal areas and rules

If you’re thinking about care for a loved one, and you’d like to know about how our compassionate carers could support you and your family, then visit our live-in care services page.