When your loved ones’ health and functional abilities start to decline, it’s a sign that they require assistance and monitoring. However, you or your family members might not be available to stay home throughout the day due to work or other responsibilities. If this is the case, then you have probably thought of hiring an in-home caregiver or sending your loved ones to an assisted living community. The thing is, what’s the difference between the two, and whether personal care or assisted living is the suitable option for your loved ones? We address these questions below.
What is Personal Care?
Some of your loved ones would prefer personal care as they can live in the comfort of their own homes. Obviously, nothing beats the convenience and familiarity of home. Personal care usually involves a professional in-home caregiver that comes in at specific times of the day and an installation of a medical alert system. Since this means that your loved ones may not be supervised during certain hours, it’s important to make sure that they do not require much assistance and can function rather independently. If that’s not the case, then living in an assisted living community is the safer option.
Personal care also means that the house should be designed and organized to provide a safe and secure environment. For your loved ones, the occurrence of injuries and falls is more commonplace, which is why it’s crucial to modify the home. Home modifications can either be making the kitchen and bathroom safer, installing home safety devices, and having a detailed support system for your loved ones.
We would not recommend personal care if your loved ones are facing cognitive and mobility decline. When your loved ones are at home, they are especially vulnerable to some dangerous situations such as falling, forgetting to turn off kitchen tools, and falling victim to scams. Some of them may even fail to remember daily tasks like taking medications and bathing. Personal care can be costly over time, so do make sure that you or your family members can meet those financial needs.
When Assisted Living is the Better Option
You and your loved ones should opt for assisted living when they require assistance and 24/7 monitoring by professional caregivers. Some loved ones may find mundane tasks such as bathing and eating difficult, so assisted living can ease the problems while improving their physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Here at Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg, we provide around-the-clock nursing care, so rest assured you and your family members can have peace of mind.
Your loved ones no longer have to worry about meals or keeping active throughout the day due to our lifestyle programs. Residents are served three meals a day, prepared by chefs and featuring a selection of cuisines. In addition, residents will be kept engaged by many activities such as trips, educational programs, games, exercises, and much more, which help to boost their quality of life. We are pleased to offer a rent lock program for three years, ensuring your rent stays the same throughout the duration.