As your family members age, the idea of leaving home and moving to an assisted living facility may not seem very appealing to them. After all, aging already brings plenty of challenges and changes to the everyday routine. Why add the worries of moving on top of that? However, the truth is that an assisted living facility may prove to be a far better choice than continuing to stay at home.
In the debate of assisted living vs. home care, which side wins? The answer depends upon your loved ones’ needs and required level of care. In general, however, an assisted living community is far more equipped to provide the help and security your elderly loved one needs. Let’s look at a few key differences between assisted living and home care.
Privacy and Independence
Home care: Staying at home allows your senior loved one to age in place, either with the help of family or a registered carer. In theory, this allows your loved one plenty of privacy and independence. However, bear in mind that the level of care your loved one may need can become intrusive on other family members.
Assisted living: Assisted living staff members are trained to respect your loved ones’ privacy and only intervene when necessary or invited. Though the residents will sometimes share living spaces, the bedrooms are generally kept private and the staff behave like guests rather than roommates.
Home care: You’ll be able to see your loved ones every day and take them on outings as you can. Unfortunately, you’ll also have far less access to senior-specific activities and social events.
Assisted living: Residents are regularly treated to game nights, movie nights, social events with their peers, and senior-focused events and activities. Residents are also encouraged to make friends and interact with each other and the staff.
Specialized Medical Care
Home care: More than likely, you aren’t trained and able to provide the degree of care your loved one requires. A live-in or visiting caretaker can help, but without constant access to well-prepared medical facilities, your options are rather limited.
Assisted living: Assisted living facilities are more than equipped to handle any medical emergency your loved one may experience. Additionally, senior communities can provide personalized, ongoing care for your elderly family member. You can be confident that the senior in your life is in good hands.
Pro Tip: Most senior care communities are designed to help with memory care and dementia treatment as well as general health. See if your local retirement community offers similar care.
Making the Best Decision
If assisted living proves to be the best decision for your elderly family member, you may still find yourself doubting if you’ve made the right choice. Rest assured that in most cases, the professionals at an assisted living facility are far better equipped to help than you are and that they will exercise the same degree of respect and care for your loved one as you would. Your loved one will thrive in a comfortable and safe environment.
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