In Home Care Vs. Assisted Living Facilities in Hazleton, PA
Learn what distinguishes Comfort Keepers in home care from traditional assisted living facilities.
Many people dream of living the good life when they get older. They want their senior years to be filled with fun, excitement, and adventure. Then, reality sets in. Most people come to realize that Indiana Jones and other swashbuckling adventurers may be played by geriatric actors, but not even they participate in those activities in their real lives. That is not to say that seniors are not active and that some are not even those "one-percenters" who actually live crazy and daring lives, but most seniors, statistically speaking, have opted for something a little more simple. In fact, the majority of seniors come to realize that they are most happy just being at home and spending time with their loved ones.
Sadly, for tens of millions of Americans, even the dream of staying at home can be called into question. Injury, illness, or age-related degeneration lead to difficulty performing daily living tasks. For others, diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's make safety a life-or-death issue. In these cases, seniors and their family members must make hard choices. In severe cases, a nursing home may be considered. In most other times, the options come down to a move to an assisted living community or professional in home care.
In Home Care Versus Assisted Living
Assisted living facilities are designed to help mobile seniors who need minor living assistance. The facility generally offers private apartments with communal areas for socialization. An hour or two of personal care is often provided to help seniors with daily living tasks they may struggle with. Housekeeping, laundry, and personalized meals are generally additional, but they can be added. While a registered nurse is often on staff, assisted living facilities are not designed for seniors with advanced or on-going medical issues.
One of the advantages of assisted living communities is the collection of like-minded seniors and the on-site activities coordinator. Off-site transportation and activities are frequent and the facility itself often has a number of nice amenities. The ambiance, style of dining, and type of amenities are directly proportional to the cost of the community.
In home care provides the same non medical care that can be found in assisted living facilities, but the care is provided in the comfort and convenience of the senior's home. The activities director may be absent, but the activities that are available are the ones a senior has chosen and is passionate about. Local transportation is available, as is companion care, help with errands and shopping, and social and emotional support.
The greatest difference, other than the location, between assisted living and in home care is the personalization of services. An assisted living community is communal in nature with shared staff and a preset routine. Senior care is based entirely on the unique needs and desires of a client. The routines, meals, plans of care, activities, and time of service are all determined by the senior and their family and not an institutional schedule. By getting to know a senior on a personal level, at home care providers are able to maximize a senior's independence, freedom, and quality of life.
Some seniors will live out their days living on the edge, others may find assisted living to their liking, but studies show most seniors simply want to enjoy their senior years with family and friends in the comfort of their home. In home care makes this possible.
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assistance while living at home in Hazleton, PA and the surrounding areas.
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