When looking into Senior Care options, many individuals will look into both Home Care, and Assisted living options before determining the route the route they want to take. While this is a fine approach to determining a long term solution to help a loved one maintain their independence, it is like comparing apples to oranges.
At an Assisted Living Facility, residents typically have their own unit that they stay in, where they can be cared for. While a beautiful building can be enticing, if your goal is to maintain your independence, a beautiful facility is rarely the option. I recently ran in to a situation where a client was debating on going to an Assisted Living Facility, or staying at home with home care services. The client, needed little help with activities of daily living, struggled with depression and anxiety. Her depression was sparked by little socialization and interaction. I highly recommended that the client got to an Assisted Living. An Assisted Living is a great way to have social outings and make friends.
For those who are looking to maintain their independence, Home Care is usually a better option. While we can provide socialization, outings, and friendship, we can also focus on maintaining your independence. If a loved one needs help bathing, shopping, housekeeping, and laundry, Home Care Services are the perfect solution.
Let’s make a few comparisons to paint a better picture:
The cost of an average assisted living is roughly $3,500. This fee does not include any Activities of Daily Living. If you are looking for help with shopping, bathing, housekeeping, and other help, the cost would go up roughly $1,000. Making the assisted living a total of $4500.
The cost of Kind Hearts Senior Care is $21 per hour. If a client needed help with any Activity of Daily Living, including transportation EVERY SINGLE DAY, the client could receive almost 7 hours a day of home care, to equal the $4500. You would be paying the same amount, to stay in your home.
In an Assisted Living Facility in Utah, staffing ratios are required to be 8 people to 1, and 6 people to 1 if the patients have Alzheimers. If each resident were to need help for 30 minutes to an hour, it would take anywhere from 3 to 4 hours just to be seen for a second time. You would be paying for 4 hours of waiting time! As well, staffing requires changes for both the employee who visits you, as well as the schedule by which they visit you based on other residents needs, leaving you to become acquainted with a new caregiver, after having waited for 3-4 hours.
Home Care is a one on one relationship. We send one caregiver to help you for the entire time they’re at your home. If you’re paying for the care, why not get the best bang for your buck? As well, we consistently staff the same caregiver, on the same schedule to help provide continuity, so you or your loved one will have a routine, which will ultimately hep them.
At an Assisted Living Facility, their are restraints on transportation. Typically it must be scheduled 3-5 days in advance, and it has a limit of 1-2 transports per week. Its your care, why should’t you be able to have transportation anytime you need?
At Kind Hearts Senior Care, we believe that some of the best moments in life, are spur of the moment events. Things like going to the senior center, shopping, visiting the doctor, or meeting up with a friend from high school aren’t always planned 3-5 days in advance. Sometime we all just need a break and want to go on a drive! With Home Care services, you can have transportation anytime, any day, anywhere.
If you are considering an Assisted Living Facility or Home Care services, call us today for a free consultation!