Weighing Senior Home Care Options for Those Who May Need Assistance

Weighing Senior Home Care Options for Those Who May Need Assistance

When it comes to caring for a senior loved one, few decisions are more complex or more emotional than choosing between in-home and assisted living care. You have the safety of your loved one in mind, but it goes beyond that — you also have their happiness and wishes to consider. Unfortunately, sometimes those wishes aren’t in line with what they really need. Given a choice, most seniors prefer to remain at home and age in place. However, there are financial and logistical details, as well as safety issues, that must factor into your decision.  

How Much Assistance Is Needed

For a senior who needs help with activities of daily living, staying at home and receiving care from family members may be unrealistic. Consider the situation in the long term: If family, friends, and neighbors can’t be relied on for ongoing care (beyond a few weeks or months), then other arrangement is probably necessary. If you’re able to afford regular in-home care from a professional service or can handle the cost of an assisted-living community, your problems may be solved. Ultimately, the level of care required will ultimately be the deciding factor.

In-Home Care

If your relative is determined to remain at home, consider hiring someone to come in each day to help with activities of daily living (e.g., cooking, cleaning, medication reminders, dressing, shopping). Be aware that in-home care is different from home health care, which refers to care of a more medical nature. In-home care also gives your loved one a regular companion so they don’t feel isolated or alienated. One advantage of in-home care is its cost, which is typically lower than home health care because the skill level involved is lower (in-home care can cost around $16 to $26 per hour). Another advantage is that family members get to select the caregiver. On the other hand, the cost can be prohibitive if round-the-clock care is needed. 

Home Modifications

Sometimes, older adults can flourish at home with a few senior-friendly modifications to their surroundings. Removing tripping hazards, installing handrails, and other modifications can make a home environment safer. If you need help making your loved one’s living space safer, consider engaging a professional contractor or handyman who can widen doorways and hallways, switch door handles, remodel a bathroom, clean up the lawn and more. 

If you live in Orlando, the average cost of a bathroom remodel runs between $4,363 and $9,981, according to HomeAdvisor’s statistics. A modified home environment can make it considerably easier for older adults to care for themselves longer than they otherwise might.   

Assisted Living

An assisted living community can be an acceptable compromise for seniors who want to retain a measure of independence but can’t care for themselves without help. Many facilities enable residents to live in what amounts to individual apartments, offering a sense of privacy and autonomy they may feel were lost when they left home. 

Assisted living communities offer ample opportunities to socialize while retaining your privacy. And there’s a broad range of service levels available, from nearly independent living to a high degree of ongoing care. Assisted living communities can be quite pricey, though services like meals, housekeeping, and transportation are often included in the price. 

The nice thing about senior care today is that older adults have a number of options. If self-care and getting around become problematic, modifying the home or buying a senior-accessible house can make day-to-day life much easier, while an assisted living community can resolve an ongoing need for care with the desire to retain a degree of independence.

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