Having a qualified professional coming to your home provides the independence you need to go about your daily life while avoiding the high cost of assisted living. If maintaining your privacy and freedom is important, then it makes frugal sense to allow someone to come in and check on you and help you with certain things around the house. Here are six benefits of in-home care versus assisted living facilities:
More Baby-Boomers, Less Space
If you think that assisted living facilities are crowded now, then give it another ten to twenty years. As the baby boomers are heading into their 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, America’s most populated demographic will fill up living facilities at an accelerated rate. This will cause overcrowding, drive up prices, and could potentially downgrade the quality of care.
Don’t Count on a Personal Touch
Assisted living facilities are often understaffed. Thus, each nurse has to care for multiple patients within the same works shift. In-home care puts a nurse directly in touch with just one patient with little, to no distractions. When a nurse is focused on caring for one person, they can provide the type of attentive treatment and personal touch that is necessary for a truly nurturing experience.
There’s No Place Like Home
Even with the inconvenience of someone invading your space every day, you can at least enjoy the comfort of your own home. Whether a nurse is administering treatment, preparing your meals, helping you with therapy, or helping you use the restroom, your environment feels warm, comfortable and familiar. An assisted living facility may provide a few amenities. In the end, however, you’ll greatly miss the feeling of being home.
Loved Ones Can Assist with Care
Assisted living facilities have to be operated by certified and licensed nurses who are highly trained and dedicate to every task within the facility. The same is true for those providing in-home care. There are, however, a few differences. There are several tasks that family, friends, or close neighbors can help out with that do not require the aid of a nurse. A helping hand from a family member can be available during time when a nurse is not around.
Familiarity is Crucial for Alzheimer’s or Dementia
As seniors get older, some may lose their memory or other crucial functions of the brain. Brain deterioration can lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In these cases, it is beneficial for a patient to be in a familiar surrounding. The longer one has lived in a home, the more likely he or she is to recall past memories or feel comfortable in stressful situations.
It May Cost Less Than Other Options
There are several factors that determine the cost of in-home care. The most important factor is the amount of time a nurse has to spend with the patient as well as the duties that he or she has to perform. If caring neighbors and family members are around to help out with many of the duties, then the cost of in-home care could be considerably less than an assisted living facility.
Although cost is a factor, it should never be the overall determining factor when considering what type of care to provide for a senior. Living conditions and personal one-on-one attention should be heavily considered. After all, the patient is not only seeking the quality of care provided, but also the quality of life they will experience in the process.