While every individual has different needs, there is a variety of care services to help with the aging process. It’s important to explore all options to find what’s right for you or your loved one. As people age they become more reliant on those around them – and this can be taxing for the individual in need and for the person caring for them.
Two popular solutions for senior care are Assisted Living Homes and In Home Care.
Assisted Living Homes generally provide all the basic necessities for a maintenance-free lifestyle. This is a good situation for an individual who has moderate difficulty with daily tasks in their home. While in an assisted living home, residents can be as independent as they would like to be, but also receive regular support as they see fit.
You can always request more support should you need it.
Many Assisted Living homes include laundry services, transportation, meals and 24 hours of support/supervision. This allows residents to engage with one another through the activities and outings. Being a part of a community is one of the largest benefits an assisted living home can offer. It’s important for seniors to make a pointed effort to
stay physically, mentally and socially active and sometimes, that is easier to do in a community home.
When deciding which senior care option is best for your family, here some things to consider…
- Assisted living homes do not provide as much privacy as in home care unless your loved one stays confined to their room.
- Generally, the caregivers have multiple clients to see in the same building during the day and the care can become impersonal.
- Last but not least, something to think about would be how your loved one handles being in a group setting. Since it is a residence of many people, cliques are easy to form, especially if your loved one is not involved. This may or may not be important, but sometimes if feels as though one is going back to school, with all its potential for socially awkward dynamics.
Outside of the bedroom, everything else is common space. This will lead you to some of the benefits of in home care. Your loved one can remain in the comfort of their own home with people they are
familiar with. Should your loved one begin to need more help, this is an especially helpful option as a transitional period. In home caregivers can provide a more customized fit to the individual in need. This can also be a relief to those currently caring for a family member. Unfortunately relationships can become strained
over time between family members and those in need. Adding in a third party reduces the stress and pressure of all involved.
The aging process can be a struggle, but when approached thoughtfully and gradually, it can become an enjoyable
process and an adventure that allows the loved one to stay independent in their own home.