Home Care and Residential Care: Understand the Difference
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Differences Between Home Care, Residential Care and Respite Care

Respite care is simply relief from caregiving duties when you’re looking after an elderly loved one who requires frequent, monitored care.

When respite care or home care is done right, it is a lifeline to keep your sanity and love. Frequently, when trying to facilitate aging in place at home, the caregiver becomes exhausted and emotionally depleted. This drains the reservoir of positive experiences built up over a lifetime of love.

Home Care, Elder Care, Respite Care, Residential Care, Senior Care?

The hardest decision to come to is that you no longer have enough energy (physically or emotionally) to continue to take care of your love one. We see many instances of the caregiver passing away before the one being care for does, leaving the one needing care alone and with out their support.

Respite care can have two very distinct paths that each have advantages and challenges.

Respite care may occur at an outside community like Elite Care (a Residential Care Facility) or it can be set up in home with home care brought in on an as-needed basis.

When choosing between Residential Care and In-Home care, there are several factors worth considering.

7 Main Components Necessary to Thrive Through the End of Life

For elders to thrive at the end of life, there are 7 main components that need to be addressed and evaluated.

How does the cost of home health care compare to going to a Residential Care or long-term care facility? Home health are associates that are properly trained to give care normally cost between $25 and $30 dollars an hour or $300 for 12 hours or $600 for a full day. This is more than twice the cost of Elite Care.

Components for Healthy Aging

  1. Is your loved one getting enough exercise? Is there a simple consistent routine that happens each day that get the loved one moving and active?
  2. Is the food nutritious, healthy and wholesome? As elders age, they are not able to digest as well as when they were younger. Food should be home-cooked from scratch with natural ingredients and be as fresh as possible. This sounds like a lot of work but the old saying, “You are what you eat” is even more real as you age.
  3. Are the home caregivers trained in medication passing and care? is there a RN who frequently visits and looks for changes in conditions? At a good facility, the resident will stay healthy longer and spend less time in the hospital.
  4. Is isolation a factor in their health? Prisoners are put in isolation when they’ve behaved destructively. How isolated is the elder? Is there active engagement between the home health caregiver and the resident? Does the elder get a variety of visitors and contacts each day that helps fill their need for socialization?
  5. Is there enough love shared by the care givers and the elder to fill their daily need for acknowledgement and love? When you’re constantly giving the care that exhausts and tires you, the love sometimes slips to the back while you are consumed by giving care. Caregiving is a tough and exhausting occupation that drains even the young and healthy. It is tough to have extra love when you are exhausted. Maintaining the love and health of the primary caregiver is the most important and loving thing you can do for the elder. Stress on the primary caregiver can impact their health. If the caregiver dies first, who will take care of them, visit them, and make sure they get those special things that puts a smile on their face?
  6. Is the environment capable of handling the loved one through the end of life? What happens if they can no longer transfer by themselves or they are a two-person transfer? Is the environment able to adapt through the elder’s end of life so they can age in place without having to be brought to a hospital or nursing home?
  7. If there is a significant cognitive decline, can you adapt or do you have to move when your loved ones are the weakest?

There may, of course, be times when a home health care provider is the best option. If the need for care is short-term and an improvement of condition is expected, a move may not be appropriate. If, for the elder, the benefits of aging in the home outweigh the cost of moving to a Residential Care Facility, a home health provider may be the best option. If cognitive decline and mobility are not issues, using home health providers may allow the caregiver enough support to provide herself enough self-care to stay healthy. Some of the home health care providers are:





There are also some government agencies that are helpful




Regardless of your needs and requirements we would be happy to answer questions you might have!