Home Care Provider vs. A Care Home

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What is difference between Home Care and a Care home?

Many people wonder about the different types of care there are available for the elderly. The main difference between two main types, in-home care and a care home, have to do with the type and level of care.

What is In-Home Care?

In-home care for the elderly, or just home care, is a type of care provided to seniors to live independently in their homes with some help. These types of caregivers provide seniors with help on everyday tasks including things like meal preparation, daily grooming, social interaction, and a myriad of other tasks.

The Pros and Cons

The pros: If you are a senior that wants to maintain your normal everyday routine, you can. Home care providers provide care in your home. A caregiver will visit your home on a schedule determined by your level of need for care. Another plus is that you not only retain your independence, but you also retain some privacy because you will not have to have care all of the time.

On another note, through the community care program, your adult child is eligible to become your formal caregiver. This means that if you would like to be cared for by family members, but didn’t think it was possible, it can be done.

The cons: If you want to be in a home that provides access to other people receiving similar care to you, then in-home care might not be right for you.

What is a Care Home?

A care home can be a nursing home or other assisted living facility. Though, typically a care home doesn’t provide medial surveillance or help. Similar to in-home care, the services of a care home provide help with daily, non-medical tasks, It’s where care can be provided to small groups of elderly or people who are disabled. The rooms in these facilities can be private or shared.

The Pros and Cons of a Care Home

The pros: This includes being in a facility with other seniors that are receiving care. This means you can interact with these people daily.

The cons: You will not retain that same independence of receiving care in your home. Being a part of a care home means that will become your permanent home. It’s where you receive your meals, do laundry, etc.

Finding In-Home Care Services

Many people think that it is difficult or expensive to get an in-home caregiver. But, the reality is that through the Community Care Program, you can be eligible to get a caregiver through Medicaid.

On the other hand, the community care program also allows it so that you may have an adult child become your formal caregiver. The program recognized the need to help these adults become formal, paid caregivers so that they could provide care to their parents or relatives who would otherwise not receive these elderly care services.


There is a difference between the two types of care. If you are interested in home care, take a look at Homecare Powered by AUAF. We have been providing in-home care for over 25 years. And in those years be always strive to become better home care providers to the seniors we reach.  If you have any questions give us a call at 773.274.9262.

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