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 during 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 – this indicates a rising demand for care services in this country. However statistics show that 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?

So, what is home care? How much do care homes cost per week in comparison to live-in care services? And what is it like living in a care home?

Receiving care at home is a very different experience to receiving care in a residential setting, where there’s no single carer dedicated to looking after your loved one. With live-in and visiting home care services you receive one-to-one, tailored support, without sharing your carer with other residents. Home care also enables you to continue living safely and independently in familiar surroundings, staying together with pets and having family and friends over to visit at any time.

And what’s more, is that live-in care is a cost-effective alternative. For the price of one care bed in a nursing home you can receive a personalised care plan that is created solely to meet your needs.

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 Care Care Home
Stay in your own home v Move to a new environment
Costs from £1071 per week v Average cost £1200 per week
One to one care in your own home v Shared carers
Continuity and choice of lifestyle v Change of lifestyle
Funding available v Funding available
Choice of menu and meal times v Set menus and meal times
Freedom to have family and pets at home v Communal areas and rules

If you’re thinking about care for a loved one and you’d like to know about how care services could support you and your family, contact us today. We offer a range of live-in care and visiting care services on both a long term and short term basis, providing high quality support to meet your needs. Alternatively, you can call us on 0808 250 2453 to arrange a free care assessment.