In Home Care Vs. Assisted Living Facilities in Temecula, CA
Learn the key differences between in home care and assisted living.
If you asked an assisted living facility director to describe the benefits of assisted living, they would likely say something like, "Assisted living provides services and supports to seniors who need help with daily living activities so they can maximize their independence and quality of life." If you asked a senior care agency to describe the benefits of in home care, they would likely give you the same exact quote or something very similar to it. What then are the differences between in home care and an assisted living facility. The differences can be found by looking at the three words Assisted, Living, and Facility.
What Differentiates Assisted Living from In Home Care?
Assisted. Assisted living is designed for seniors who simply need assistance with their daily life. They need to be mobile and mostly self-reliant. That said, some assisted living locations partner with an adjoining skilled nursing facility or memory care facility so seniors who required advanced supervision can be helped. Neither "side" of the facility provides more than rudimentary medical care as assisted living facilities are not designed for seniors with advanced medical needs.
In home care addresses the needs of all seniors regardless of mobility, cognition, or how far an illness has progressed. From highly mobile seniors who simply need help with a few daily living tasks to seniors who are bedridden, in wheelchairs, or even comatose, in home care providers meet the unique and individual needs of each specific senior.
Living. Assisted living is not a philosophy, it is a place. Seniors who live in assisted living facilities sell and/or downsize their home in order to rent a space in the facility. The living arrangements vary depending on location, but most apartments range from studios to two bedrooms, with a one-bedroom being the most common arrangement. Some facilities offer amenities that range from swimming pools and golf courses to restaurants, salons, and fitness centers. Others simply have a common area and snack bar. Most all assisted living facilities have an activities coordinator. An hour or so of personal care support is generally included in the price of the rental, but housekeeping, private meal support, and other services are generally a la carte.
In home care is – as the name suggests – provided in the comfort and convenience of the senior's own home. While most homes do not have attached golf courses and restaurants, they do come equipped with the items and activities the senior is actually interested in. Some seniors enjoy the change of pace that assisted living provides, but many others prefer the refreshing comfort and relaxing attributes of their home.
Facility. If the word facility sounds very business-like, it should. At the end of the day, assisted living is a business, and assisted living facilities, out of necessity, are run like one. This is not to say that being "business-like" is a bad thing. In fact, there are many positive aspects to routine, standardization, and efficiency. What these things do not allow for, however, is too much individualization.
In home care is highly personal. There are no routines, rosters, or institutional schedules to follow. Seniors are free to eat what they want when they want, have their own morning and evening routines, select and adjust their own activities, and so forth. Caregivers focus entirely on the senior and are not bound by a care roster or needing to rush off to another senior who has a greater need.
In short, there are many similarities between assisted living and home care. Yet, when it come to independence and quality of life, there is just something about the personalized services provided in the comfort and convenience of a senior's own home.
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