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As our loved ones get older, they usually require a higher level of care. Your options are usually at-home caregivers or assisted living communities, but it can be difficult to determine which is the best option for you and your family. So, what is the difference between the two? 


Home care services require caregivers to come into your home and assist with daily activities, allowing seniors to stay in the comfort of their home with all of their belongings. The level of care provided is dependent upon the specific need of the senior. At-home care services often include transportation, medication management, and meal preparation. This is a great option for those who do not need 24-hour care; however, if your loved one needs full-service care, home services can become expensive rather quickly. Senior’s homes often need to be updated for accessibility and safety. Along with price, seniors who stay at home with a caregiver are more susceptible to social isolation; those who socially isolate are known to experience higher levels of depression, increased mental decline, and other health issues. 


Assisted living communities provide seniors with 24-hour care; the levels of care also vary based on the need of the senior. Assisted living communities are equipped with resources and professionals to handle all levels of care. Since these communities can accommodate many different levels of care, you do not have to worry about your loved one outgrowing the home. While there are many similarities between at-home care services and assisted living communities, the main difference is the social interaction seniors receive in assisted living homes. These communities typically have large activity calendars, ensuring there is something for everyone. 


Both assisted living and at-home care are great options; what works best for you and your family is based on a series of circumstances. It is important to remember your loved one and their needs when making a decision. If you think your loved one may need more extensive care or you are just interested in learning more about our community, contact us today. We look forward to assisting you!

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