In-Home Care vs. Assisted Living:

There comes a point in every adult child’s life when they have to decide what type of care is best for their aging parents. Many factors come into play when choosing which situation is best for your aging parents. These factors include your distance from your loved one(s), their state of mind, their needs, and more. Today we are giving you a quick look into the two main types of care (in-home care vs. assisted living) for aging parents and the pros and cons of each. 

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In-Home Care

In-Home Care is the practice of having a caregiving professional visit your aging parents at their homes on a consistent basis to assist their needs. 

There are pros to having an in-home care professional service help your family. Some positive aspects of in-home care include your parents being able to live at home where they are most comfortable and seniors will receive one-on-one care that is specific to their needs.

From a relational standpoint, your aging parents will be able to have social interaction with their caregiver, build a bond with the individual and have specialized support.  In-Home Care vs. Assisted Living Blog Image

Just like there are two sides to a coin, there are two sides to everything. Some of the negative aspects of in-home care include the greater risk of your loved one experiencing social isolation by being home all of the time. In addition, more extraordinary precautions in the home will need to happen to ensure the safety of you and your loved one. Also, if the in-home caregiver is a family member there is a greater chance of burnout and resentment to occur. This can cause tension within the family.

That is why Sunny Days will take care of all of those things for you! At Sunny Days In-Home Care, we take great pride in providing Pittsburgh and surrounding counties in-home senior care and elder care for your family’s loved ones. We know that you want to provide the best care possible for them, just as they provided it for you growing up. We have awesome caregivers who will treat your loved one with the level of respect, kindness, and dignity that they deserve. 

Assisted Living

Assisted living differs from in-home care because it is a physical place where you would take your aging parents to get assistance with their everyday living. 

An assisted living lifestyle can easily be manageable for the family. There is no stress of trying to find an amazing caregiver or knowing if your loved one isn’t being paid attention to. For your senior parent, it may be beneficial to them to indulge in an assisted living lifestyle because they are exposed to individuals their age and are given care based on their needs.

But, assisted living could cause some strife within your family. The likelihood of your senior parents wanting to go to a facility is low and may cause resentment towards you. It can also make your aging parents as they have lost their independence and privacy. Not to mention that assisted living facilities can be very expensive. 

End Note:

So how do you choose? That is a complicated and unique question. When choosing in-home care vs. assisted living, one must evaluate the needs and desires of aging parents and make an informed and educated decision from there.

No matter what kind of care you need — whether it’s in-home care for a senior, personal care for a loved one with disabilities, or short-term home care assistance during injury recovery, our experienced team and reliable caregivers are ready to help guide you to an optimal care situation.