Bringing Home Care to Assisted Living

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 01 February 2013

There may be times (due to illness, a fall or fracture) when an individual who is normally quite independent requires additional support. Home care can help.Yesterday’s post highlighted the benefits of bringing in an occupational therapist (OT) to assisted living. Today, we’ll take a look at another way to supplement services: bringing in home care.

Again, this question naturally comes up: why are we paying for expensive assisted living care if we might also need these extra services?

The answer is somewhat complex but boils down to this: an assisted living community is not a skilled medical facility. Though staff members are on duty 24-7, an individual who needs advanced care services and close supervision may not be the best candidate for assisted living.

However, there may be times — due to illness, a fall or fracture — when an individual who is normally quite independent requires temporary additional support. Home care or an OT’s services may help fill these short-term care gaps. Sometimes, residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia may need more attention and care overnight, when fewer staff are on duty. A private home care aide may be a good option.

Most assisted living providers permit families/individuals to choose a home care agency or individual caregiver. Sometimes, the community recommends selection from an approved list of home care providers. Communities that are affiliated with a larger healthcare system may have their own home care branch; in this case, families may be required to contract with this provider.

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