Pros and Cons
Pro’s of in-home care:
- You or your family member(s) get to continue to live and enjoy your own home. Your care is generally being taken care of by a loved one or a home-care professional.
- In-home care can be a less expensive option
- The depression and helplessness that often happen seems to be more avoidable when a person gets to continue living in their own home.
- Familiar surroundings can help with dementia or Alzheimer’s if that happens to occur. Recognizing ones surroundings can help create a sense of control and an overall state of calm.
- Having more control over what you get to do from day to day offers a sense of freedom and independence.
Con’s of in-home care givers:
- It takes a little while to get to know and feel comfortable with the individual providing the care.
- If a family member is helping, they probably have many responsibilities outside of the home to tend to as well. In-home care by a family member may cause strained relationships.
- Price is always a factor. Some in-home care is very affordable while others can be quite costly.
- Sometimes homes are not equipped to handle changes in mobility needs and physical capabilities.
- If there is a medical emergency you will have to wait for responders to arrive.
Cons of assisted living:
- Adapting to a new environment may be a challenge.
- Cost is also a factor. Assisted living can also be expensive.
- It’s possible that after time and further health issues you may need to be transitioned for a third time into a nursing home.
- Some facilities only offer semi private rooms. Privacy may be something that is important to you in order to feel safe and comfortable. Sometimes a roommate is the only option and that can be a bit overwhelming for some.
Pros of assisted living:
- It might be nice to let go of home responsibilities such as home ownership, upkeep, and maintenance.
- There are always doctors and nurses on site in case of a medical emergency.
- It can be a lower cost depending on geographical location and individual needs.
- There are different levels of assistance available. This can allow for more independence.
- The social interaction seems to be the most desired. If a person wants to stay active assisted living usually offers classes like yoga, meditation, and dancing.