Infographic: Nursing Home Care vs Home Health Care • October 19th, 2012
Deciding the optimal care solution for a loved is never easy. PASCO did a great amount of research into the differences between the two, and found why home health care is proving to be the most cost efficient and effective care.
Generally, about 70 percent of people aged 60 and above will need long term health care services at some point in their lives. It is very important to know what kind of health care service provider offers the required services.
The difference between home health care and nursing home care starts with the availability of facilities. There are 15,622 nursing homes in the US (according to StateHealthFacts.org), compared to the 33,000 US home health care agencies. This shows that home health care is easier to be obtained due to the larger number of agencies and health care personnel.
Another difference is the deals which the services provided. Nursing homes offer room and board, nursing care, personal care, social and recreational activities, medication management and adult day services. Home health care service providers, on the other hand, offer skilled nursing care, medical social services, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and home health aide.
When it comes to Alzheimer’s care services, more nursing homes offer this service, but the home health care providers that do offer this service do not charge extra for it.
Medicare coverage in home health care is also more encompassing than provided by nursing homes. In a way, it can be said that home health care is specifically tailored to suit individual needs.
In nursing homes, Medicare does not cover personal care such as bathing, feeding, dressing and bathroom use. For home care, Medicare does not cover custodial care, homemaker services and meal deliveries.
The most important difference and the reason why most people want to be taken care at home health care are the cost. Nursing home stay will cost $75,555 a year while a home care service will only cost $28,800 a year (for an average home care service of 6 hours/day at 5 days/week).
From the year 2007 to 2012, it has also been surveyed that nursing homes have increased their rates at 4.28 percent for private nursing homes and 4.5 percent for semiprivate nursing homes. Home care facilities only increased their rates at 1.09 percent for the same period of time.
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