When is In-Home Care a Better Option than Assisted Living and Vice Versa?

By Clare Absher RN, BSN  

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In-Home Care

In a variety of situations, helping your elderly parent remain in their home by hiring caregivers may be a better option than assisted living. Commonly, elderly parents voice a strong desire to stay at home because it is where they feel most comfortable. Home ownership, competent household management, sound financial assets, and a willingness to hire in-home care may justify aging in place instead of moving to assisted living. In-home care can play a paramount role in your parents' future happiness, therefore, it's up to you to evaluate their mental and physical capacities to live somewhat independently.

Ask yourself these questions to see if it's worth trying in-home care.

Assisted Living

Aging in place is not always practical for numerous reasons. Health problems, safety issues, isolation, inability to afford full-time professional caregivers, lack of a primary caregiver, and/or financial strain of home ownership are all viable reasons to consider assisted living rather than in-home care. Furthermore, assisted living may offer unique features that can positively influence your decision. Daily meals prepared by professional chefs, 24 hour supervision and security, onsite transportation, and a multitude of in-house social activities may be very desirable to your loved one.

Ask yourself these questions to debate moving to assisted living.

Clare Absher RN BSN

About the Author

Clare Absher is a Registered Nurse with 44 years of experience. Most of her experience is in home health serving as a caregiver, educator, patient advocate, and liaison between families and community resources. She has also worked in acute care, assisted living, and retirement settings. She is passionate about helping families care for their elderly loved ones at home.

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