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Choosing Home Care vs Retirement Homes

Many seniors and their families are often forced to make serious decisions about the care that is required to remain safe and comfortable. One of the most important decisions is choosing whether to use Home Care Services or move to a Retirement Home.

There are plenty of arguments that can be made for both options and ultimately the decision often comes down to 2 things: cost and personal preference. In this particular article, we will be exploring cost as well as a few other deciding factors.

Retirement Homes or Assisted Living

The first option we will explore is the retirement community option. People considering this option will likely be drawn to a couple considerable advantages of an assisted living community.

Advantages
  • No more maintenance
  • Social interaction
  • Meals on Site

One of the most important advantages for seniors considering a retirement home tends to be the end of home maintenance, yard work, and other household chores. This is a huge positive for most seniors, especially if they are starting to experience decreased mobility. They also like the social network of people their own age, and having regular meals cooked for them.

Disadvantages
  • Loss of independence
  • Living in a confined space
  • Typically understaffed

The biggest disadvantage of a retirement home for most seniors is lack of independence. They are no longer able to come and go when they please, and will have to follow a set schedule for things like meals and activities. Rooms in retirement homes are often quite small and packed closely together. They are usually understaffed, with an average ratio of 12 patients to 1 employee; so retirees do not always get the attention they need.

Neutral Points

One neutral point to address is food. Some people may enjoy the fact they no longer have to grocery shop or prepare meals. On the contrary, others may not enjoy the fact that they must eat what they are given.

Cost

The cost of living in a retirement community in Canada can be very steep and it is only getting more expensive. The average rental cost per month for a single room in a retirement home is over $3000 for one person and can go much higher. One-on-One Care is typically not included in these rates, so if you or a loved one requires additional care, you will have to pay for those hours of service in addition to the monthly rent.

Home Care

We will now take a look at the advantages and disadvantages, as well as the cost-effectiveness, of home care.

Advantages
  • Staying in familiar surroundings
  • Retain independence
  • Completely personalized

The most important thing about remaining at home for seniors, tends to be the ability to remain in the familiar surroundings of the house they have lived in for years and maybe even grew up in. This type of environment is helpful for those suffering dementia or recovering from any type of ailment. It is also a great environment to allow seniors to feel like they still have some control over their lives.

Home care is a customized service, tailored towards the individual needs of the patient while providing one-to-one care. Unlike a retirement home where there is one caregiver for who knows how many residents.

Disadvantages
  • Home maintenance
  • Isolation
  • Safety issues

The major disadvantage of remaining at home is the work involved in owning a home. Every house requires upkeep and maintenance. Seniors also may feel isolated at home if mobility is starting to become an issue. Of course, there are always safety concerns like fires, falls, or break-ins.

But, the good news is that home care can provide assistance for all of these issues.

Cost

It is difficult to put an exact number on the costs of home care because every situation is unique. Home Care service is typically charged by the hour, but with no contracts, you can often take service only as needed.

One quick way to compare the cost is to start by finding out how much a suitable Caregiver charges on CaregiverMatch. Then find out what the average cost of a Retirement Home costs in your area. If you take the average cost of a Retirement Home above ($3000), and found a Caregiver willing to work for $20/hour, you would be able to get 150 hours of service per month for the same price – that 5 hours per day. If this Caregiver can do groceries, cook meals, clean the house and provide personal care, this might be a good solution for the same cost.

Do your research to find the best solution for you, and always take into account your personal preferences, medical needs, and of course your budget.

Many seniors and their families are often forced to make serious decisions about the care that is required to remain safe and comfortable. One of the most important decisions is choosing whether to use Home Care Services or move to a Retirement Home.

There are plenty of arguments that can be made for both options and ultimately the decision often comes down to 2 things: cost and personal preference. In this particular article, we will be exploring cost as well as a few other deciding factors.