If you have an aging loved one who needs senior care, it can be a daunting task. With so many options available today, you may need to sift through great amounts of information in order to discern what’s best for you and/or the aging adult who relies on your input and decisions.
For example, consider just two options for senior care – in-home senior care vs. adult day care. How can you make the best choice? First, you need to understand the difference between the two. Then, you can decide which option might be the best fit for your individual circumstance.
What is in-home senior care?
Senior care provided in the home allows older adults to age in place in their own homes as long as possible. This generally preferred type of care can be non-medical care, such as running errands, cleaning, cooking and bathing or it can be through a skilled provider who offers medical assistance, as well. In-home senior care can be provided 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Helpful caregivers can be hired privately or through an agency. Senior care that provides companionship helps to prevent social isolation. Sometimes, occasional in-home senior care is all that is needed to help the aging adult feel happy and self-sufficient. An advantage of in-home care is the one to one attention the senior receives. Therefore the services can be customized for the individual’s needs. Sometimes, a mix of in-home care and adult day care is the best solution.
What is adult day care?
Adult day care centers provide daily activities that offer mental stimulation and social interaction. Some specialized centers also offer physical therapy and medication assistance. Adult day care is usually only open and available during the day, so in-home care is the better option when daycare doesn’t fill the hours needed for senior care.
On the other hand, if the hours do work well, there is ample social interaction and basic meals provided with other seniors with this option.
Call Home Care Assistance today to better understand the types of in-home senior care that can be provided. We can explain the differences between medical care, non-medical care, memory care, post-hospital care, and advanced care options so you can determine what’s best for you and your loved one. Customized services include the Balanced Care Method with Cognitive Therapeutics.