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Choosing the Right Senior Care: In Home Care vs Adult Day Care

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When an aging loved one relies on you for help with his or her wellness decisions, it can be a huge responsibility. Since there are numerous solutions and resources available today, you may have the burden of sifting through a great deal of information so you can choose what is best for your loved one who depends on you.

With independent, assisted and skilled care complexes available in each community, you may consider moving your loved one, or it’s possible to make arrangements for them to age in place with senior care provided at home or with the use of an adult day care center. Before making your decision, be sure you understand the benefits of in-home care and adult day care because chances are good that one, or both, of these simple options will allow your loved one to remain in their own home.

Senior care can be provided in the home

If senior care is provided in the home, it removes the burden of moving, allowing the senior to remain at home. This way, the adult ages in place with his or her necessary medical or non-medical care provided as often as required. Sometimes an older adult requires help with driving, light housekeeping, shopping and meal prep, and companionship. This is called non-medical care. When further assistance is needed, like physical therapy, medication, and other skilled care is needed, a medical care provider can assist. With all types of senior care, the socialization is vital for both body and mind. Social isolation can be prevented with an in-home visit just a couple days a week, or maybe in-home care mixed with time at an adult day care is best.

Senior care in adult day care centers

Mental, physical, and social stimulation is abundant in adult day care centers. They usually offer exercise classes, social activities and educational classes, with some specialized centers offering therapies and medication assistance, too. The biggest challenge may be whether the center has hours that match you or your loved one’s needs and whether he or she wants to leave home that much.

Home Care Assistance can help you with a customized solution for your loved one. Call today to ask about senior care options that might match your specific needs. Our staff can give you detailed information on medical or non-medical care, memory care, post-hospital care, or advanced care options that can be available for you immediately.