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Understanding the Differences Between Senior Home Care & Assisted Living

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When a senior loved one reaches the point at which he or she needs help with daily activities, family members have many options to consider. Two popular options for seniors who do not need daily medical assistance are home care in Westport and assisted living. While both options can give your loved one the help he or she needs, they are very different in several key ways. 

Atmosphere

One major study found that 90 percent of baby boomers want to remain in their home as long as possible. Westport home care allows seniors to remain in the comfort of home among familiar surroundings and protects seniors from the stress of living in a strange environment or sharing a room with a stranger.

Independence

Assisted living facilities often have scheduled times for recreation, dining, and socialization. While some seniors enjoy a regimented schedule, others prefer to retain their independence and maintain control over their daily routine.

Level of Care

In-home care and assisted living both offer assistance with daily tasks like dressing, bathing, and eating as needed. The key difference is an assisted living facility has staff available to provide 24-hour on-demand assistance with activities whereas home care agencies provide care on a schedule chosen by the client. However, most home care agencies offer live-in or 24-hour home care in Westport.

Cost

Non-medical home care is usually the more affordable option, especially for seniors who do not require around-the-clock assistance. An assisted living facility is not as expensive as a nursing home, but the median monthly rate is around $3,500. When your loved one requires anything more than the basics, this cost can increase substantially. Home care allows for as much or as little non-medical help and supervision as your loved one needs, whether it’s a few hours a day or all day every day.

Ultimately, the type of care you and your loved one choose will depend on his or her needs, preferences, and budget. If you would like to learn more about home care, including comprehensive dementia and Alzheimer’s care in Westport, please call Home Care Assistance at 203-955-1915 and schedule a free in-home consultation today.