It’s a decision we will all have to make as we age: Is it better to age in place at home, or is it time to go into assisted living? It isn’t an easy question to answer, and the option that works for one individual may not be the best choice for another. No matter which option you choose, know that there are solutions available so your aging loved one can receive the care they deserve, while living the best quality of life possible. Below, we discuss the pros and cons of remaining at home or entering an assisted living facility, and provide solutions for both.
Pros of remaining at home
- Remaining in a familiar place
- The feeling of maintaining independence and control over daily routines
- More personalized care from family or a designated set of caregivers
Cons of Remaining at home
- Maintaining the home and its property may become overwhelming
- The feeling of isolation if your loved one has reduced mobility or can’t get out of the home on their own
- There is less supervision at home in the event of a fall or medical emergency
If your elderly loved one is determined to age in place in their own home for as long as possible, there are alternative options to assisted living and nursing homes. If you are the designated family caregiver, know that you aren’t alone! Programs like PACE CNY, a separate not-for-profit corporation of Loretto, can step in to help you provide your loved one with the care they need. Whether you’re worried about a loved one alone at home, or you’re experiencing caregiver burnout, PACE CNY can help. This program provides a wide spectrum of care and services for individuals who would otherwise qualify for nursing home care, but want (or need) to remain in their home. You can learn more about PACE CNY here!
Pros of assisted living
- Staff is available around the clock
- Opportunities for socialization and daily activities for a heightened quality of life
- No need to worry about maintaining a home and its property
- Provides a safe living environment with access to assistance when it is needed
Cons of assisted living
- Some seniors may feel that they have less privacy and have trouble adjusting to a group environment
- For those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, or those who need more than basic assistance with dressing, bathing, and daily activities, assisted living may not be the best option. In this case a skilled nursing facility may be recommended.
Choosing the right type of care for your loved one can be daunting, but Loretto can help! We offer 19 specialized care programs ranging from assisted living to memory care and skilled nursing and rehab. We have over 2,400 employees who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all our residents. At Loretto, we believe in taking a holistic approach to care, which means addressing the mind, body, and spirit of the individuals who come to us. Let us help you find the programs and services that will best serve you or a loved one. Contact us today!