Is Home Care or Assisted Living the Best Option?

October 26th, 2011

Studies show that when given the choice, most elderly individuals would likely choose to age in place at home as opposed to moving into an assisted living facility or nursing home. Home is familiar and comfortable and has been proven to enhance recuperation. However, home care is not always the best care situation for everyone. It is important to weigh all of the factors when determining if in-home care will meet your or your loved ones’ needs, whether the situation is short- or long-term.

Some factors to consider when determining whether home care or assisted living is best for the situation include:

  • Culture: In some cultures, family members rally around their elders to assist with care needs, while in others, family members may place a higher importance on helping to support the elder financially.
  • Finances: It is very important to understand the amount and kind of care the senior can afford before making any decisions. Consider questions like, “Can you afford to pay for care out of pocket? Is there a family member who can help pay for in-home care?”
  • Support: The support system that the senior has can also help determine the type of care he or she needs. Is there someone who can help the senior with activities of daily living? Are neighbors and friends available and willing to assist?
  • Immediate Care: What level of care does the senior currently need? Is the condition temporary or degenerative? These questions can help you determine whether care at home is a possibility.
  • Mental Status: It is much easier to care for a mentally sharp but physically frail person at home than it is to care for a cognitively impaired but physically active person.

Bear in mind that there is no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to care. The staff at Visiting Angels servicing the San Francisco Bay area is happy to help you determine what type of care is best for your loved one. Contact us in Alameda County at (510) 284-0000 or in Santa Clara County at (408) 735-0977 for assistance.