In Home Care vs Assisted Living

By: Bal Agrawal and Christine Law

There are indeed so many options families have when an elder starts needing care. There are countless nursing homes, assisted living facilities and agencies out there.

The cost of assisted living facilities can vary greatly, depending on the geographical location, services provided and needed, and the health condition of the resident. Beyond the base cost of assisted living housing, there are often many additional fees on top of that. Having a full time or part time home care provider can be comparable in monthly cost. If the mortgage at home is paid off and the bills are for one or two seniors, the bills are probably on the lower end (electric, heat, etc). A facility is like a new home with bills as well as maintenance fees and other service fees.

In Home Care offers a far greater quality of life than assisted living for many different reasons.

Coming from a senior’s point of view, In Home Care allows you to stay in your home which you have loved and lived in for many, many years. It’s symbolic of Living, Family, and ultimately growth. Every square inch represents memories from their lives - Where the kids took their first steps, where holidays were spent laughing with family and friends, where important decisions were made and problems were solved. Owning a home is what many people strive for and consider a success in their life. To obtain it takes hard work, dedication and many times blood, sweat and tears. Parting with this milestone can be very difficult for someone. A home is where our Heart is. It’s our safe place, our happy place!

In our later years, our mind can start to go. We begin to have cognitive issues and forgetfulness. The place that we have lived in for 40-50-60’s years is a constant, it’s familiar. We know our way around, where everything is. Going into a brand new environment, a foreign place, is daunting and uncomfortable. For Alzheimer’s patients specifically, they often lose their short term memory, while their long term memory stays intact. Staying in their home means they recognize the place they wake up in every morning, compared to a new facility that may be a strange place every morning to them.

Aside from the discomfort that a senior will face from moving out of their home that they know and love, the children then have to deal with the task of selling this home (which holds the memories of their childhood as well). They are faced with the unloading all those personal belongings that just won’t fit in the facility. Who’s in charge of that? Where does everything go? This is unnecessary added stress for everyone!

For the past 10 years we have seen the comfort and relief that in home care provides. Everyone is happy. Mom and dad get to stay in their home, and their loved ones don’t have to deal with the added pressure of uprooting them and selling their home.

Many people don’t realize that their long term care insurance policies can cover the cost of home health care! This allows them to find quality care with a reliable agency and caregiver.

Having care providers in the home enables seniors to stay in in their own communities near friends and family, and to continue to live their same daily lives but with skilled, professional help.

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