Assisted Living vs. In-Home Care
You’ve determined that it’s just not feasible for your aging mom or dad to continue living alone. You want them to be safe, and they want their independence, but it’s clear they need help going about their daily activities. Living at home alone is no longer an option. Many families struggle with the decision to put mom or dad in an assisted living community or to seek in-home care. At FootPrints, we understand that every situation is unique and that you and your family need to decide what’s best for your aging parent. If you are trying to weigh your options, here are some factors to consider.
When seniors who require assistance live in isolation, often their nutrition and health can suffer. It may become too much of a burden to keep up with chores around the house and cooking a meal can be dangerous. Many families consider calling a meal service, or hiring FootPrints to provide in-home care and help with daily activities. FootPrints home caregivers can assist your loved one with various chores and errands, as well as ensure that they are taking their medications and eating healthy meals. In-home care allows your aging loved on to maintain a sense of independence, but gives you the peace of mind knowing that their needs are being taken care of.
Assisted living facilities are another option. Daily meals are provided, and seniors do not have to worry about maintaining their home. On-site nurses and caregivers make sure that any needed medications are administered in proper dosages and any health problems are addressed. Often the biggest objection seniors have to assisted living, is that they do not have as much independence. How your aging parent feels about living alone or living in an assisted living community should be a major part of the decision.
Not only does living alone take a toll on senior’s physical health, but social isolation can contribute to depression and lead to a lower quality of life. The caregivers at FootPrints not only help with housekeeping, meals and errands, but they also provide caring companionship. The staff at FootPrints cares about each and every client, and enjoy spending time with your elderly loved ones. Conversation, playing games, watching movies, and other recreational activities keep their minds active, and keep them feeling happy and fulfilled.
In an assisted living community, seniors are surrounded by other seniors, so they have constant association and friendship. Assisted living facilities also plan daily activities to keep seniors engaged and entertained.
We hope that this comparison will help you determine what’s best for your family. Every situation is unique, and of course cost is a factor for many families. We’re confident that if you and your family conduct research and have open and honest communication, you will come to a conclusion that’s right for your circumstances. If you decide that in-home care is the best route, do not hesitate to give us a call and schedule a free assessment.Copyright: bialasiewicz / 123RF Stock Photo