The Advantages of Homecare VS an Assisted Living Community.
As we begin to age, our functionality begins to decrease. What used to be an easy task may not be so simple anymore. From doing laundry to grocery shopping, what used to be a simple task has now become complicated.
One day you have to decide if it is time for you or a loved one to get help. Generally, once daily tasks become a burden it is time to consider help.
So, the question is, do you or a loved one choose to stay at home or live in an assisted living community?
The advantages of Homecare are:
- The patient stays in the comfort of their home.
- Personalized one-on-one care
- The patient receives more attention
- The patient has more Freedom
- Family can visit more easily and frequently
To dive a little bit deeper, here is an explanation of each advantage:
Moving can be very difficult for older adults. Packing everything they have acquired through the years; deciding which items to keep and which items to leave behind is a daunting task. Also, leaving the social life they have had for many years isn’t easy. HomeCare allows patients to stay in the comfort of their own home as they transition into the next stage of life.
Personalized one-on-one care is also a very large reason patients choose Homecare. Assisted living communities have many nurses, doctors, and caregivers on staff. However, the care itself is inconsistent. Nurses will work with 100 patients a day, and there will be multiple people assisting the same person. This can be difficult for patients because they want to be treated by someone they can trust, not a new person every day. Additionally, personalized care comes with an understanding of what the patient wants. As time goes on, the caregiver will get to know the patient and understand their needs on a deeper level.
Having direct personalized care comes with the advantage of having significantly more attention than an assisted living community. If a patient wants to go to the bathroom, have breakfast, or get some fresh air, they will be able to if they have a caregiver. The caregiver will be there helping out however they can. If that means the patient wants to go for a walk, they will be able to that moment. They will not have to wait for a caregiver or nurse to assist them.
As we age, we begin to lose a majority of our freedom. We cannot go to the bathroom on our own or cook dinner. Homecare allows the patient to keep his/her freedom by giving them the authority to choose what they want to do during the day. In an assisted living community, patients cannot choose to do what they want. They have to wait for a caregiver to come into their room and help them. Oftentimes, these communities are understaffed and cannot assist the patient right away. Homecare allows the patient to keep their freedom.
Family plays such a crucial role in the health of an older adult. Seeing children, grandchildren, and loved ones is very soothing for the mind, body, and soul. In assisted living communities, families can only visit during certain days and hours. This makes it very difficult to have loved ones visit. During the covid pandemic, many older adults living inside assisted living facilities had to suffer alone because family members could not visit. Homecare allows family and friends to visit the patient whenever they want because they are still living independently in their own homes.