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Why Is In-Home Care Preferable to Assisted Living?

By Jeff Hill, 9:00 am on November 9, 2015

Choosing the right care option for your senior loved one can be difficult. One major decision you may be facing is whether to use Phoenix in-home care or move your loved one into an assisted living facility. More and more families are opting for the former, and here are just a few reasons why.

Continuity

Remaining at home can provide your loved one with a comfortable and consistent environment. This can be especially helpful for seniors in the early stages of dementia when sudden changes can produce high levels of stress. With the help of an in-home caregiver who grows to understand your loved one’s needs, more structure and continuity can be secured throughout his or her later years.

Quality of Care

Though this is not true in all cases, some assisted living facilities can vary in the quality of care provided to their residents. Finding a reliable one may require a great deal of research, which can be time-consuming. However, securing a high-quality in-home caregiver may be simpler in some ways, especially if the agency you are considering requires extensive screening and training for their employees. In-home care also requires less commitment than moving your loved one into assisted living.

Expense

The average monthly cost for an assisted living facility is $3,500. For many families, this represents an almost unfathomable financial burden. Because in-home care is offered on an as-needed basis, it generally costs far less than this and is often calculated on an hourly rate dependent on local cost of living considerations.

Personal Relationships

Many families provide at least part-time care for their loved ones, which can help keep their relationships strong, but sometimes they need another trustworthy person to step in to help when they are not available. With in-home care, your loved one and a professional caregiver can also develop a personal rapport, which is often absent from the institutional setting. This relationship can provide your loved one with social interaction and a higher level of comfort. For seniors with few friends or family, an added person to have conversations with may be quite welcome. 

Flexibility

Families who provide care for their loved ones still need time to rest and go to work. In-home caregivers in Phoenix are available during flexible hours, including a part-time basis, which can be valuable to those who are balancing home, work, and caregiving duties. Knowing your loved one is well cared for at home during the times you aren’t available can offer peace of mind without having to resort to a more costly option.

For trusted in-home care, turn to Home Care Assistance. We offer part-time and 24-hour care in Phoenix, and our caregivers are all expertly trained in the holistic Balanced Care Method, a program that promotes excellent physical health, mental awareness, and inner calm. All of our senior care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees, and you’ll never be asked to sign a long-term contract. For more information, call one of our experienced Care Managers at 602.388.1085.