Learn the differences to decide which option is right for your aging loved one
Have you noticed your aging loved one struggling with everyday tasks and activities? If so, it may be time to consider whether an assisted living facility or in-home care is best for them to receive the support they need as they age.
Both assisted living facilities and in-home caregivers provide your loved one with support and care unique to their needs. However, there are a few key differences that are important to consider when making the decision between the two.
Continue reading to learn more about in-home care vs. assisted living facilities and decide which may be the right option for your loved one.
What is assisted living?
An assisted living facility is housing for seniors who are active, but not able to perform all tasks needed to care for themselves. These facilities provide senior care specialists who help with everyday tasks such as organizing medications, bathing, housekeeping, and eating.
Assisted living facilities usually have the option of a shared or individual room that may have a kitchen area as well. These facilities aim to help seniors keep their independence as long as possible, while still being there at all times as needed.
One major benefit of assisted living is that residents usually enjoy the feeling of community at these facilities. There are often many games and social activities that allow the residents to socialize with each other which can help seniors feel less lonely during this transition in their lives.
The cost of assisted living can vary greatly depending on the state, whether you chose a private or shared room, and level of care. The average monthly cost of assisted living in the U.S. is $4,300. 
What is in-home care?
In-home care is growing rapidly as a popular choice for aging adults in the United States who need help with everyday tasks, but wish to age in the comfort and privacy of their own home.
In-home caregivers usually provide support and companionship, laundry and housekeeping, meal preparation, medication management, and general supervision.
Home care allows seniors to feel more comfortable and content with aging as they can stay in their home surrounded by familiar belongings, while caregivers are there to provide regular companionship and professional care.
This option is also a great way to customize care for your loved one’s individual needs as you can personalize your caregiver’s focus. If your loved one would like transportation to social activities at the local community center or their place of worship, a caregiver can do that. If your loved one prefers to stay home and would like help with household tasks, a caregiver can also do that.
In-home care is a great option for seniors that live with or want to stay close to family members, but need some extra help that their loved ones cannot give them. Family caregivers often become overwhelmed as they care for their aging loved one alone and they often get burned out or forget to take care of themselves as well. That’s where an in-home caregiver could come in and take over some of those responsibilities.
The cost of home care can vary by state, by the qualifications of your home health aide or home health agency, and by how much help your loved one needs. In 2021 there was an increase in costs in the United States. Now the average hourly cost of home care ranges from $21/hour to $34/hour. 
How do I know which option is right for my loved one?
Before making a decision between in-home care vs. assisted living facilities for your loved one, it’s important to determine their exact needs to help you get a better picture of the level of care required.
In-home care is a great option if your loved one will feel more comfortable and secure with their own belongings in their own home. It may also allow your loved one to feel more secure and comfortable with their caregiver because of the one-on-one, personalized care received.
The Flourish in Place difference
At Flourish in Place, we offer home care options for all needs and budgets and specialize in helping families find the appropriate level of care for their loved ones.
At Flourish in Place, our caregivers have multiple years of professional experience and many hours of specialized education and training from an experienced registered nurse. Our caregivers are also required to complete regular ongoing training to ensure they’re providing the highest quality care to our clients.
We are the only Central Florida agency that has received an A+ Rating from the Home Care Standards Bureau with home care solutions designed to help people not just age in place, but flourish with dignity.
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