Deciding on the proper health care options for your elderly loved one can be difficult if you know little about the subject. Home health care and assisted living are necessary to consider when an individual reaches a certain age or has a health issue that limits them to care for themselves independently.
There are some factors to consider such as if your loved one is comfortable living at home, their current health state, and financial obligations. We discuss and compare both options to help make your decision easier.
Home Health Care
Home healthcare is a great option for seniors who enjoy spending time at home. At-home healthcare is the preferred choice for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia, so the individual does not become more disoriented and upset as the disease progresses.
With home health care you can hire a live-in caregiver or healthcare agency, to ensure the individual is watched over and taken care of while at home. Depending on their state of health will require how often the caregiver will need to come. If you worry that your loved one may become depressed staying at home all day you can consider adult day care programs which will increase their socialization. You may also want to consider meal services for those that live alone to make sure they are getting all the proper nutrients and calories.
This option is often considered over home health care because family members feel more comfortable knowing that all the needs of senior care are offered in one location. Assisted living provides a community of older adults, where your loved one will be provided meals, activities, and care.
For the individual themselves, they may not enjoy this option as they can feel as though they were taken from their home. Some individuals may prefer to stay at home where they are comfortable, compared to going to a new location.
The financial cost of healthcare is known to be very expensive, so which one is cheaper? Assisted living has a set monthly fee that includes all utilities, a bedroom, food, and care. The average cost can range anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 a month depending on the facility.
Home health care expenses rely on the living situation of the individual. Besides the cost of at-home assistance, you’ll need to factor the expenses of owning a home such as a mortgage, utilities, and home maintenance fees. If the individual has low maintenance and has paid off their mortgage, home healthcare can be less expensive than assisted living and will still allow the individual to feel comfortable in their home.
Quality Home Health Care in Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast
360 Healthcare offers a full range of at-home health care services to make sure your loved one is happy, healthy, and comfortable in their home. Our Certified Nursing Assistants, Home Health Aides, and companions are experienced in helping Seniors with their daily routines and receiving proper care.
Ready to get started? Give us a call at (561)-400-0505 to learn more about our home health care services. We proudly serve the counties of Palm Beach, Martin, Saint Lucie, and Indian River.