At Champion Home Health Care, we believe in facilitating trustworthy and quality health care in the home setting. In some of our latest blogs, we have addressed how to recognize when a loved one may be ready for home health care and how to broach this topic with your loved one. Next it seems appropriate to try to decode the language associated with the different placement options for the elderly. It is important to be educated so you can make well informed decisions when weighing your family’s options.

When finding the appropriate setting for your family member, it is easy to feel overwhelmed especially if it is at a turning point in a loved one’s health, an emergency situation, recovery mode after surgery, or if 24-hour care is required. In the Melbourne Florida area, we at Champion Home Health Care recognize the importance and peace of mind that comes along with remaining in the home, both for the family and the one in need of care. More often than not, we can accommodate your loved one’s needs at home with the home health care services we provide.

Once you realize your loved one is experiencing some of the byproducts of aging (becoming more frail, in need of more nurturing and care, possibly requiring daily task assistance i.e. help with bathing, cooking, walking, cleaning) and you have had the talk addressing the need for increased care, how do you make sense of all the new terms and options available to you and your aging loved one? You must differentiate between hospice, assisted living, adult day care, long term care, nursing homes, residential care, and home care as possibilities.

At Champion Home Health Care, we believe we can match your loved one with a caregiver and meet these needs in the home setting with an emphasis on the safety, health, and well-being of your senior. Let’s summarize some of the options you will hear of when starting your search for the placement of your elderly family member:

Hospice: According to, hospice is defined as, “…Supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness and focus on comfort and quality of life, rather than a cure.”

Assisted Living: A housing situation for disabled people or the elderly that provides prepared meals, nursing care, socialization, and housekeeping as needed.”

Adult Day Care: “…Non-residential facility that supports the health, nutritional, social, and daily living needs of adults in a professionally staffed, group setting.”

Long Term Care: “A facility that provides rehabilitative, restorative, and/or ongoing skilled nursing care to patients or residents in need of assistance with activities of daily living.”

Nursing Home: “A privately operated establishment providing maintenance and personal nursing care for persons (aged or chronically ill) who are unable to care for themselves properly.” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Home Care: “Supportive care provided in the home by licensed healthcare professionals who provide medical care needs or by professional caregivers who provide daily care to ensure the activities of daily living are met.”

This sure is a lot of information to digest! We can help you navigate through this experience and champion to keep your loved one at home! Feel free to explore the different services we offer and learn what each entails regarding our home health care in Brevard County. Contact us soon and be sure to follow our Facebook page which contains our blogs, very informative links, articles, and information.