Home Care vs Assisted Living: What You Need to Know

Home Care vs Assisted Living: which one is best for you?

There are an estimated 30,000 total assisted living homes in the United States. Many people believe that when their loved ones are no longer able to live independently or need further specific assistance with their daily lives, an assisted living facility is the best option for them. However, many seniors choose not to opt out and go to an assisted living facility. Fortunately, they can receive all the proper care they need with Home Care. In-Home Care is one of the fastest growing and most requested services in the United States today. Why? Because it allows the seniors to age in place, in the comfort of their own home. With advancements in technology and medical equipment capable at the home, seniors don’t have to rely on medical or assisted living facilities for such services.

Home Care vs Assisted Living

What is Assisted Living? Assisted Living is a type of care facility that aids seniors with daily tasks. Assisted living facilities does not provide daily medical assistance like a nursing home would. In assisted living facilities, your loved one becomes a part of the community, and there are various community activities and social circles to be apart of. There are also benefits such as providing transportation, laundry, housekeeping, and some medical services. While these are benefits, the main issue is that there is less privacy and independence when your loved one lives in an assisted living facility.

What is Home Care? Home care is much different from assisted living facilities. Most individuals prefer to remain in the comfort of their own home and age in place if possible. Many seniors also prefer the privacy of receiving care from a professional in the comfort of their home. In-home care allows an individual to receive help with daily tasks while living in the familiar surroundings of their own house. This brings peace and reassurance to seniors, knowing that while they may need further assistance on certain aspects, there is no drastic change with their personal surroundings. Safety is the main concern for seniors who choose to age in place of their home. Having a live-in caregiver provide constant support alleviates any potential stress or concern for your loved one’s safety, because they will be there to monitor and take care of your loved one.

Stay Home with our Caregiver Move into Assisted Living Facility
Monthly Cost $3500 (covers 32 hours per week of CNA care) $7000 (average base price – many a la carte items extra)
Funding Source
·Private Pay
·Long Term Care Insurance
·Veterans Aid & Attendance
·Reverse mortgage
·Medicaid Waiver (fewer hours)
·Medicare Advantage (starting 1/1/19)
·Private Pay
·Long Term Care Insurance
·Veterans Aid & Attendance
·House sale proceeds
·Some accept Medicaid/Section 8
Sell House in Bad Market Not necessary. Yes.
Caregiver-to-Client Ratio 1-to-1 1-to-17
Meals Fresh, home-cooked meals, prepared three times a day. Usually included, but meals are typically very bland.
Medication reminders Included. Usually additional cost.
Personal care Included. Usually additional cost.
Housekeeping and Personal Laundry Included. Usually additional cost.
Supervision Field Care Manager and RN Clinical Care Manager working together. On-site nursing staff.
Alzheimer’s care Yes, specially-trained caregiver. Usually additional cost for memory care section of facility.
Transportation Included, with accompaniment to appointments if necessary. Usually only pre-scheduled bus trips for groups.  No accompaniment.
Caregiver Competency Thoroughly screened, competency tested, background checks, all taxes and insurance paid. Thoroughly screened, competency tested, background checks, all taxes and insurance paid.
Socialization High social stimulation and activities. Potential for social stimulation if patient participates in activities.

If all necessary needs for a senior can be met, then staying in one’s home is always more desirable. Staying at home means no adjustments are necessary, and care comes to YOU. If a loved one is forced to relocate to an assisted living facility, this type of change and transition can be very difficult; particularly if their level of cognition has begun changing.