When the time comes for needing daily medical assistance or personal care support, you want to be aware of all your options. While some older adults might have the option of receiving care from a spouse or adult child, many seniors today need to choose between paying for professional care in their home or moving to an assisted living community to get the support they need.
“The choice between assisted living and in-home care can be difficult for many seniors,” says Alison Wall, Senior Living Consultant at TreVista Antioch, an assisted living and memory care community in Antioch, CA. “A lot of families are still resistant to the idea of assisted living, holding onto the stigma of ‘putting mom in a home.’ But today’s assisted living is much different from the traditional nursing homes that gained such stereotypes. Although many seniors might think that receiving care at home is the best option, staying in their home could have some disadvantages. Every family should educate themselves about each option, consider their personal circumstances and make an informed decision about the best way to receive care.”
Comparing Assisted Living to In-Home Care
To help you and your loved ones begin to understand the advantages to both assisted living and in-home care, we’ve made a list of some of the most important considerations when it comes to senior care: amount, access, security, social opportunities and cost. While everyone’s circumstances are different, our explanations reflect the norms we see among families. Each individual will need to consider their personal situation to decide how each option would affect their well-being.
- Amount of Care
Assisted Living – Communities provide assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residents can get support with personal care tasks, such as bathing, dressing, eating and medication management. Some communities may offer more advanced care services.
In-Home Care – Seniors receive care during the time they pay for, whether that’s a few hours a day or a few days a week. Seniors are dependent on the schedule of the in-home caregiver.
Assisted living offers around-the-clock support and gives seniors the freedom to determine their own schedule and confidence to do what they want, when they want, knowing that someone is always nearby if they need some assistance. Families don’t have to worry about their loved one, as they might during the times a home care worker isn’t around.
- Access to Care
Assisted Living – Care staff is available to assist with daily tasks or minor medical needs. Most communities offer transportation to doctors’ offices or coordinate with local physicians to provide on-site clinic hours. Communities that offer advanced levels of care, such as memory care or skilled nursing, coordinate seamless transitions for assisted living residents who require higher levels of care.
In-Home Care – Seniors only have access to support during the set times their in-home caregiver is scheduled to be around. If an individual is unable to drive, going to a clinic or doctor’s office requires coordinating rides from family or friends.
Assisted living communities help relieve family stress by offering convenient and easy access to care services, whether on site or nearby. Additionally, assisted living residents have access to amenities that promote better health, such as fitness centers and dining services, so they’re more likely to eat well and stay active.
- Safety & Security
Assisted Living – Communities are specially designed for seniors, including features like handrails, bathroom grab bars and ramps. In addition to community surveillance, private rooms are equipped with emergency call systems.
In-Home Care – Many family homes are not built to meet the needs of seniors, especially if they have mobility issues. If seniors live alone, they may be vulnerable to harm in case of an emergency.
Families experience greater peace of mind knowing that trained professionals are always around at their loved one’s community. In case of emergencies, someone can be there with their loved one.
- Social Opportunities
Assisted Living – Community life makes it easy for seniors to enjoy a vibrant social life with neighbors, family and friends. Many communities also carefully vet their care staff, so those caring for residents are compassionate and personable. Residents and caregivers often form meaningful relationships.
In-Home Care – A senior’s caregiver can provide him or her company during the hours they’re scheduled to work. If the person cannot drive, their social opportunities may be limited to visitors or depend on when someone can drive them.
Many seniors who live alone at home suffer from isolation. Even if family or friends visit often, there are plenty of hours when they’re left alone without many options to go elsewhere. Assisted living residents have options to socialize whenever they want, with neighbors and friends right outside their door.
Assisted Living – Residents pay a monthly, all-inclusive fee for their accommodations, meals, amenities and care support. Most communities also charge a one-time community fee when a person moves in, which could be somewhat costly.
In-Home Care – Seniors pay separately for their home care services, plus any additional services they have such as meals, housekeeping or adult day services outside the home. Seniors are also paying for groceries, utility bills, home upkeep and taxes.
Although the cost of assisted living may seem steep, many find that the price is comparable to receiving equivalent services from home. Because assisted living fees are all-inclusive, it makes it easier for seniors to manage their finances. Financial support is also available through Medicare and for Veterans.
Understand Your Options
If you would like to talk to someone about senior living options for you or a loved one, don’t hesitate to contact TreVista Antioch. Our team would be happy to discuss the differences between assisted living and in-home care and share more information about the services we provide.
Making the everyday extraordinary.
Family-owned and operated, Agemark Senior Living is the new owner of TreVista Antioch. Known for creating warm, welcoming communities, vibrant lifestyles and engaging programming, Agemark has been one of the most premier and trusted senior living providers since 1987. As Agemark’s newest community, TreVista Antioch is located on 10 acres in a prime location close to shopping and local attractions, as well as the great outdoors. Our beautiful community features a personalized, resident-centric approach to care that provides support, all while helping residents live full, connected lives.
At TreVista Antioch, we provide assisted living and memory care set in a beautiful environment that not only meets our residents’ needs but makes them, as well as their families, feel more at home. Although our gorgeous community is a plus, we truly believe it’s our programming and caring, dedicated staff that makes TreVista home. With our family-oriented inspiration and resident-centric approach, our residents flourish and experience days full of joy and meaning. Our staff learns each resident’s likes and dislikes and their values and pasts, right down to the dreams they never thought they could accomplish, in order to customize their care and make their dreams a reality.
LifeCycles wellness programming encourages our residents to connect, engage and enjoy life, every day. Our LifeCycles programming is designed to focus on the four dimensions of wellness: physical, social, spiritual and intellectual. This is achieved through a wide range of daily activities and routines, from outings and excursions to local events and programming at the community. At TreVista Antioch, our residents have the tools and care they need to make each day fulfilling, engaging and vibrant. Contact us to learn more!
Call us at 925•329•6292 for more information or to schedule a personal visit today.
TreVista Antioch is part of the Agemark family of senior living communities.