When an elderly loved one starts to show signs of needing personal assistance, you have a big choice to make. Should you send them to an assisted living home? Or should you hire a home care professional to lengthen the time the elderly relative can stay in their home? Before you make your decision, ensure you’re educated on all the pros and cons of home care and assisted living, so you can make the most educated choice.

Option 1: Assisted Living

An assisted living home is the step below moving to a nursing home. Most assisted living home residents have maintained their mobility and are still in a healthy mental state. The largest benefit of assisted living homes is that seniors can socialize with one another, as they’re all living in the same building or group of buildings. This closeness, however, also has its drawbacks, because although most residents have a private or semi-private room, it’s nothing like living in your own home.

Another benefit of assisted living communities is that family members don’t have to directly manage the care of their elderly relative, and the level of care can be quickly be increased as necessary. Unfortunately, to provide the care needed for all residents, there are often dozens of caretakers, and patients don’t have a choice on who is assigned to them. Without this close relationship with their caregiver, small changes in mental or physical health can go unnoticed. The one-on-one care will always be missing in an assisted living community.

Option 2: Home Care

The most obvious benefit to home care is that the elderly patient gets to stay in their own home. Not only that, but with home care, seniors will be assigned a single caregiver to provide them with the assistance they need completing daily tasks. Of course, with this more isolated lifestyle, patients can become lonely as they will miss on potential friendships that would form in an assisted living community.

The best part of home care is that it’s frequently less expensive than around-the-lock assisted living care, and in most circumstances, is not needed full-time. This results in a major cost savings for the family. With home care, the senior and their family are able to specifically chose their own caretaker, instead of having a revolving door of caregivers, as one would find in an assisted living home. Home care is often also the easiest transition for an independent senior person to make, as they will still be living in their own home, and when the care is given part-time, they will still have time alone.

Option 3: Using Both

Don’t think you’re limited to just choosing one type of care for the rest of your elderly relative’s life! Many clients start with home care, and when the need for full-time care is too strong, the senior transitions into an assisted living community. Not only does this benefit the elderly person by allowing them to stay in their homes longer, but it also provides significant cost savings. For example, it takes about 50 hours a week of our home care services to equate to the cost of an assisted living community. Your pocket will thank you for using a home care service as long as you’re able to!

Is home care the right choice for your elderly loved one? If so, or even if you just have questions, please give our team at RedBud HomeCare us a call today!