Should I Place My Loved One in an Assisted Living Facility or Keep Them at Home?

Deciding on how to best care for your loved one is important. Learn about your options and how to make the best choice for your family.
May 12, 2023

When a family has a loved one that can no longer take care of themselves, they must make the decision of whether to keep them at home or place them in an assisted living facility. There are many things to consider when making this decision such as the cost, the level of care needed, and the quality of life. The following paragraphs will discuss the pros and cons of both options to help families make the best decision for their loved one.

Consider a Home Healthcare Aide

Many people are unsure whether they should hire a home healthcare aide for their loved ones or not. While there are many factors to consider, ultimately the decision comes down to what is best for the person receiving care. Here are a few things to consider when making your decision.

Consider the Level of Care

Think about the level of care your loved one needs. If they only need help with basic tasks like bathing, dressing, and eating, then a home healthcare aide may be a good option. However, if they need more comprehensive care, such as help with taking medications, then an assisted living facility may be a better choice.

Consider the Cost

Another thing to consider is the cost of care. Home healthcare aides typically cost less than assisted living facilities, so if cost is a concern, this may be the better option. However, it is important to keep in mind that your loved one may need more regular assistance, watch, and medical care; thus, an assisted living facility may be best. Keep in mind, home healthcare nurses can care for your loved one in any home-including assisted living facilities. So you are in complete control of who cares for your loved one.

Consider Your Own Capabilities

While it may be uncomfortable to question our own capabilities from strength, schedule, or skills, it is important to consider your own capabilities. If you feel like you can handle the caregiving duties on your own, then you may not need to hire an aide. However, if you are feeling overwhelmed or simply do not have the time, then an aide can be a lifesaver! Our registered/certified Home Healthcare Nurses are also available to care for your loved one. Depending your loved one’s capabilities, the Registered Nurse or Home Health Aide may fill the time of care for them when you need moments away.

The Decision Is Yours

Ultimately, the decision of whether to hire a home healthcare aide or not is a personal one. Consider all of the factors involved and make the decision that is best for you and your loved one. Give us a call today to help make the best decision for your loved one.

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