When it comes to our loved ones, especially the elderly members of our family and their potential move to a long-term care facility, it is hard not to be biased and make rational decisions. We understand how difficult it can be to realize you can no longer take care of your parent or grandparent, and that it might be time for them to move into a professional care facility. This is especially true when this rather hard decision needs to be made quickly and when there’s no sufficient time for thorough research.
With that in mind, we are here to try and give you some guidelines and draw comparisons between the in-home and facility care we provide for our beloved seniors. Opting for an in-home care plan is the way to go for many, but not all families have the same arrangement, which is why we will try to show you that putting a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility isn’t as bad as one might think.
In-home care services are still a slightly more popular solution for families as it provides professional care that helps seniors live independently in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible. There are also around-the-clock and live-in service options for those who need more intensive care and supervision. The amount and types of services provided by a caregiver agency are entirely customizable to each person’s individual needs.
As far as elderly themselves are concerned, they also like the option to stay in their own home where all their belongings and, more importantly, memories reside. This is perhaps THE most obvious advantage of the in-home care.
Advantages of in-home care services:
- Getting care in the comfort of their own home
- The option to get customized care plan to suit their individual needs
- One-on-one care/supervision
- Absolute freedom regarding the day-to-day activities
- Increased life expectancy
- The proximity of neighbors, friends, family, pets, etc.
- Reduced stress
- Usually less expensive
Of course, there may come a time in an elder’s life when home care is no longer an option, and they are in need of professional care in a facility. This is where assisted living facilities come in. They provide 24-hour supervision, assistance, meals, health care services… all this in a home-like setting! Aside from all the essential services which include help with eating, bathing, dressing, taking medicine, transportation, laundry, and housekeeping, these facilities also provide numerous interesting social and recreational activities and events every week.
Advantages of long term care facilities:
- Assistance with basic/daily tasks (bathing, dressing, eating, drinking, using restroom, running errands and administering medicine)
- Social environment
- Housekeeping (laundry service, dry cleaning and general cleaning services)
- Food service
- Specialized health care
- Safety (physical, emotional and financial)
- Access to communication resources (phone, the Internet)
However, the crucial factor to rule in favor of long term care facilities is definitely – social environment.
Living in long term care facilities provides your beloved elderly with a built-in social network consisting of their peers. In other words – they will have a blast there! Senior residents will have the opportunity to enjoy the company of other elderly personas, talk, play games, share their experiences, and bad-mouth their kids. Jokes aside, all these activities and social events help reduce depression and the feelings of isolation most seniors suffer from.
Give our team at Adagio a call and schedule a tour of some of the best and coziest assisted living facilities Scottsdale can provide.