In most nursing homes, additional services are available for a price, but there's not much of a financial break for someone who just barely meets criteria for being in the facility in the first place. Basically, you can be the easiest-to-care-for person, and it's still going to cost a bundle to secure long-term care in a facility. Not only that, but caregivers' time and attention will be directed toward those with greater needs, or simply divided due to the sheer quantity of residents.
With in-home elder care, you're going to know exactly how your loved one is being treated, and enjoy all the access you want with the caregiver -- after all, they're coming to your (or your loved one's) home.
The care can be tailored to fit the exact needs of your loved one. The visits from home care workers can last two to four hours, or more, depending on the needs of the individual.
Since care is provided on a one-to-one basis, your loved one won't be treated as one of many, or feel "herded" around to a series of scheduled activities. One visit may be focused on physical therapy, and another on cognitive exercises.
By observing in-home care, friends and family can learn how to better care for the elderly family member, and have easy access to ask follow-up questions.
Can in-home elder care reduce the stress on you and your family? We'll talk about it in the next section.