One of the most difficult positions to be in life is to watch the health of a loved one fade, along with their ability to remain independent. These situations can place many heavy and unexpected burdens in trying to assist these individuals with the day-to-day living amenities; such as eating, bathing, grooming, taking medications, paying bills, shopping, and more. Luckily, there are a lot of different options out there to assist you in giving these individuals the love and attention you know they deserve. Two of the most popular options are Home Care and Assisted Living.
While both Home Care & Assisted Living offer common styles of assistance, they differ quite dramatically in how each caters to the needs of the individual. As an Assisted Living resident your loved one will become intertwined with a community of other residents, social circles, staff, and the daily routine that brings stability and structure into their lives. Assisted living facilities will often also provide features of entertainment, security, and some medical assistance/monitoring for residents on site. One of the greatest benefits of this type of service is that it allows individuals to get the social attention they need while staying active, mobile, and safe. While assisted living facilities provide all of these features, there is less privacy and independence than other forms of in-house care.
Likewise, Home Care also provides many features of personal care, but does so in the comfort and security of the home. This assistance includes many of the day-to-day needs that often become difficult for the elderly to accomplish regularly. In some cases Home Care professionals are even able to help individuals regain their independence as a step by step rehabilitation process. This service is commonly performed by a trained professional who will visit the home periodically and assist your loved one with their daily needs. These types of services include: meal preparation, cleaning, dressing, bathing, grooming, transportation, and even some medical monitoring. Home Care also provides one of the main benefits that Assisted Living offers by brining friendly companionship to those who are in need of social interaction into a setting that is much more familiar and comfortable.
In conclusion, everyone has their own preference of what they are most comfortable with and finding a solution should focus primarily on that. The main benefits of a Home Care plan is that it allows the individual to stay with their family in a setting they are familiar with while providing professional assistance. The benefits of an Assisted Living facility is that there will be 24-hour support and supervision if there is ever a need.
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