4 Reasons Seniors Prefer Personal Care Services to Facility Care

December 19, 2017 | BY PHS Staff

Personal care services are often compared with care provided in facilities like nursing homes and assisted living centers. It’s easy to see why. When seniors reach the point where they need personal assistance to maintain quality of life, the choice typically comes down to personal care vs. facility care.

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Today, most seniors favor personal care services — by a wide margin. Here are four of the biggest reasons why.

1. Personal Care Offers a Chance to Age in Place

In surveys, roughly 9 of every 10 American seniors expresses a clear desire to age in place. That’s true even when seniors need professional care services to help them cope with age-related physical and/or cognitive difficulties. No matter how tough things get, seniors want to live at home as long as they can.

Despite the care available at some nursing homes and assisted living facilities, most older adults don’t want to leave their home for a smaller, unfamiliar, and less personal space. Personal care services give seniors a way to receive the care they need in the comfort and familiarity of home.

Read more about how personal care helps seniors age in place.

2. American Facility Care Costs are Accelerating

It’s no secret that a room in a high-quality nursing home or assisted living facility will almost always cost more than personal care services. But it might surprise you to learn that the affordability gap between these services has only increased in recent years.

Between 2009 and 2014, the cost of a private room in a nursing home grew by more than 18%, reaching nearly $90,000. The hourly cost of home care services grew in that period grew from $18.50 to $20.00. That’s an 8% difference, less than half of the growth rate experienced by facility care.

3. Care at Home Is Healthier for Elderly Adults

Aging in place isn’t just an emotionally healthier choice — it’s also the physically healthier option. One big reason why is risk of infection. Seniors who live in care facilities are exposed to numerous risk factors for infection, and they experience infections at far higher rates than other seniors.

How much higher? Data from the National Center for Biotechnology Information indicate that roughly 2 million infections occur each year in nursing home settings, affecting more than 33% of nursing home residents. Seniors who receive home health care services suffer infections at roughly a tenth of this rate.

4. Personal Care Services Mean Truly “Personal” Care

The relationships between caregivers and care recipients are one of the biggest differences between personal care services and facility care. In a care facility, a typical caregiver will attend to several residents over the course of one shift, spending only a few minutes with each. Compare this to personal care, in which elderly adults are cared for by a dedicated caregiver for several hours at a time.

This allows caregivers and their clients to build close relationships, a key factor in high-quality care. Caregivers understand their clients’ personal preferences better and can take more time making sure that each aspect of care is just right.  Meanwhile, seniors benefit emotionally from the bonds they form with care providers. Their families do too. In fact, many people say that, over time, their loved one’s caregiver starts to feel like a part of the family itself.

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