In-Home Care vs. Nursing Homes

There comes a point in time when seniors need some extra help with their daily living. Deciding whether they want to age in place at home or move to a nursing home is never an easy decision. There are differences to consider and pros and cons to each. Here we will break down some of the differences between the two.


One big question to ask when considering which choice would be best for you or your loved one is how much help is needed? For some, assistance around the house with normal activities such as housekeeping, laundry, and personal care is all that is needed. For others, ongoing medical assistance is needed 24/7. Once you determine the level of care needed, you can look at some of the differences between these two options.



In-Home Care

  1. Seniors and loved ones can age in place in the comfort of their own home and happily maintain their independence and normal quality of life.

  2. Can receive care for a minimum of 8 hours per week up to 24/7 care.

  3. Caregivers come at scheduled times and help with everyday tasks- housekeeping, personal care (showering and toileting, etc.), transportation, medication reminders, meal preparation, errands, etc.

  4. Family members and loved ones can visit without restrictions on visiting hours.

  5. Home care is often more affordable than nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

Nursing Homes

  1. Provide 24/7 care with certified nurses and medical care as well as personal care, meals, laundry, and therapy as needed.

  2. Residential facilities offer private rooms or semi-private rooms.

  3. Oftentimes there are activities with other residents and staff, giving plenty of opportunities to socialize with others.

  4. Transportation is provided when needed.

  5. Alzheimer’s and Dementia care is provided by certified and trained nurses.

HomeCourt Home Care offers non medical in-home care and can help with any or all of the following: personal care, medication reminders, light housekeeping, cooking and meal preparation, ambulation, errands and recreation, just to name a few. Our staff receives training in dementia and Alzheimer's care as well as continued support and education. We have a great team of schedulers that work very hard at making sure our clients are paired with caregivers that will be a good fit.


We are sometimes a bridge for a senior to stay at home until that time when a nursing facility or assisted living is needed. We can give the family time to have those difficult conversations. We partner with a lot of our long term residential facilities and can give recommendations when appropriate. If you are looking into options when it comes to getting outside help for yourself or your loved one, feel free to give us a call at 260-333-1114. We would be happy to answer your questions and help guide you on what would be the best choice for you or your loved one.