Making a senior care decision for yourself or a loved one is not an easy task. Thankfully, there are more options available than in years past, when a nursing home or a hospital were about the only venues for senior care. But having so many possibilities from which to choose can be overwhelming too. Today, we’ll take a closer look at these two options: assisted living and home care.
Assisted Living – Providing care in a comfortable, home-like environment, assisted living communities generally offer apartment-style living arrangements (most have a private bathroom, small sitting area, a separate bedroom, and a kitchenette), three meals a day in the community dining room (sometimes meal service to rooms is offered in case of illness/special health care needs), laundry/housekeeping services, transportation to medical appointments, activity & wellness programming, and assistance with ADLs (activities of daily living, like help with bathing) and IADLs (instrumental activities of daily living, like medication reminders). Assisted living is a good option for those who perhaps feel isolated in their own homes and desire the company of others, while maintaining some level of autonomy and privacy.
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Home Care – Many of the same care & support services as are found in assisted living can be furnished by a home health care agency; sometimes, home care presents consumers with even more advanced medical care services than an assisted living is licensed to provide. Home care is a great choice for those seniors who prefer the comfort of home sweet home but can’t do everything on their own.
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- Michelle Seitzer