Home Care or Assisted Living: What is the Best Choice for You?
When it comes to exploring senior living options for you or a loved one, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There is a lot to consider, and you want to make sure you’re making the right choice. While many seniors prefer to stay in their homes for as long as possible, others are opting for the freedom that accompanies a move into a senior living community. To determine what works best in your situation, it’s important to understand what is involved with both non-medical home care and assisted living, and then evaluate the pros and cons of each.
Home care typically involves either a trained home health aide or a non-medical home aide who helps people live independently by assisting with various everyday activities—such as personal care, housekeeping, cooking, and more. They might also provide transportation to medical appointments and provide companionship.
Depending on an individual’s needs, a home aide could visit on a predetermined schedule or provide around-the-clock care as live-in help. It’s important to note that home health professionals are qualified to administer medications, provide occupational therapy services, and perform other medical-related duties; non-medical care is often handled by those without a medical license, including family members.
Home care for seniors—medical and non-medical—can be a somewhat pricey proposition, especially when 24-7 care is needed. However, it can be a good option for those who want to remain in the comfort of their own home.
Assisted Living communities offer staff that is available around the clock to provide care. They also offer on-site skilled medical professionals, such as nurses, certified medication aides, certified nurse aides, and rehabilitation specialists, who can provide customized care for specific needs. It is an appealing choice for individuals or couples who seek the social benefits that come with living in a senior community, such as wellness classes, engaging activities, and more. At The Providence, residents also enjoy upscale residences, an amenity-rich environment, and five-star dining. This can be an especially attractive option for those who want to forego the expense and upkeep of maintaining a home while also paying for home care.
Choosing between assisted living and home care is an important decision, and it can be a challenging one as well. That’s why it’s important to explore all your options. To learn more about The Providence and find out if this modern community is right for you or your loved one, schedule a complimentary consultation and tour today.