In Home Care VS. The Assisted Living

In Home Care V.S Assisted Living Home

      As people age there comes a point in life when you may realize that simple tasks you used to do on a daily basis become difficult and you might even need a helping hand, or some health concerns are making it troublesome to be alone. Some of us have family members that live with us that are able to be there when needed, but some of us do not. There are a few options available for the person needing extra assistance such as an assisted living home and home care. You may be wondering what is the difference between an assisted living home and home care, and how will these help me?

     In case you are not familiar with an assisted living home let us explain. This is a place where postsurgical, chronically ill or elderly patients can stay for a temporary amount of time or to live there long term. These facilities are designed for safety, mobility, nutritional support, and rehabilitation. The staff usually consists of certified nursing assistants, licensed vocational nurses, registered nurses, physical therapist and more. They provide twenty-four hour assistance and supervision, housekeeping, laundry services, meal preparation and transportation. Usually in assisted living patients have medical conditions that need constant nursing supervision and treatment or they are there to rebuild strength through physical therapy. All these things are included in a monthly cost that may vary depending on your needs and wants. The downside of an assisted living may be little independence and little control over daily schedule or routine. Some may even experience emotional distress from separation from family and normal daily routine.

     In home care is completely different from an assisted living. As the name states “in home care” means care in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Usually someone looking for in home care will contact an in home care agency that will assess their needs and wants and give them a caregiver or nurse to match their situation. In home caregivers provide hourly, twelve hour or twenty-four hour care. They provide services such as medication reminders, escort on errands, help with bathing, meal preparation, light housekeeping, and companionship. With home care patients are able to maintain a sense of independence and control over scheduling and daily routine. It also allows them to be in a familiar environment with family and friends close by.

    When it comes down to choosing in home care or moving to an assisted living home it really depends on what works for you. Ask yourself, do I need round the clock assistance or part time? Do I want to stay in my home or could I move? What type of care are you looking for?

March 25, 2015 in Senior Care

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