When your parents get old and incapable of taking care of themselves, you make a decision. In particular, the decision must be made when home care is no longer an option.
Unpaid caregivers such as family members or friends often provide home care. They spend an average of 20 hours a week taking care of an old person. Many older people require more support after the death of a spouse or when physical or mental health begins to decline. Many families turn to long-term care in institutions when a loved one needs more care than a part-time caregiver can provide in-home care. These facilities help prevent isolation and reduce the risk of injury or medical emergencies.
Finding the right home for a loved one – whether it’s a parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle – is an important and hard step. It is imperative to identify what services and levels of care offer a nursing home or co-housing community.
Nursing Home Vs Co-Housing
The main problems that come with getting old are loneliness and reduced psychical health (the inability to do the things you might do when you were youthful). So what is a co-housing community? This community provides personal living space in a building with shared areas such as lounge, fitness room, kitchen, laundry room, etc.)
The most important difference between the nursing home and co-housing is the socialization. Many elderly people can find each other by sharing general interests and activities.
Nursing homes are very similar to a hospital environment. They can cause depression because this way of living often reminds of the final step facing death. However, nursing homes are the best option for a senior with Alzheimer’s or other impaired mental abilities. The nursing staff can provide medical care based on a person’s needs.
Most long-term care is paid out of pocket. Some countries have programs to help people in need of care but are unable to pay for it themselves. Costs for nursing homes and community housing vary depending on factors such as living spaces and services required. Just for comparison: the average price for a shared room in a nursing home can be two times more expensive than a small flat in a community housing.
Nursing homes often don’t provide enough privacy for their residents. You share the room with other peers. On the other hand, senior housing communities offer a personal residence with the ability for communication and socialization whenever the person chooses. However, most nursing homes have more organized and structural care program than community housing.
As we said before, a nursing home is an institution. That’s why loneliness and depression are more prevalent in a nursing home than in co-housing. Even the indoor and outdoor setting is very diverse. Community homes tend to have more open spaces with small parks and gardens whilst nursing homes are more closed and limited. Freedom and independence also have a great mental impact on seniors.
It is important to keep all of these factors in mind when deciding what type of care your loved one needs. If they are healthy but need extra support for their daily tasks, consider community housing. But if they have a serious medical condition that requires consistent monitoring, we recommend choosing a nursing home.