How to Make the Choice Between Assisted Living and At-Home Care
Making the decision to place a loved one into an assisted living facility is often a difficult choice. However, because of advancements in technology and medical equipment, it’s becoming more feasible than ever to benefit from at-home senior care.
Since everyone’s needs are different, at-home care may not be the best choice for everyone. An individuals ability to provide self-care is often used to determine if assisted living is the better choice, taking into consideration their ability to walk, bathe, dress, eat and use the bathroom. In a recent article, Aging.com provides tips and things to think about when making this decision, including:
- Determine how much help both you and your loved one needs
- Take into consideration the costs of at-home care versus an assisted living home
- If you’re loved one is living alone, assisted living may provide more opportunities for socialization
- Keep in mind that at-home care will not take care of important tasks that need to be met, like housework, cleaning, grocery shopping and home maintenance
Although making the decision for your loved one can be stressful, learning more about your options is a great first step. Since this is such an important choice for everyone involved, make sure you weigh the pros and cons of each scenario and be confident in the decision you make.