Assisted Living VS. Home Health Care: The Difference

When it comes to making the right decision about your aging loved ones’ care, there are a number of questions that arise. Many people believe that assisted living facilities and home healthcare are relatively the same thing or at least offer the same services. While they are both cater to seniors, they are fairly different.

Assisted living facilities are communities of seniors who live in apartments that may come furnished or unfurnished. There are various activities services that are offered within an assisted living facility like, community activities, classes, wellness programs, and field trips.

Home Health is where a trained home health aide (HHA) or certified nursing assistant (CNA) come into the senior’s home whether it is at a private residence, nursing home, or even an assisted living facility. The aide assists the senior with daily activities like preparing meals, bathing, shopping, laundry, errands, and other needs. The care can range from a few hours a day to over 24-hour care, seven days a week.

The difference between an assisted living facility and a home health care company is that one is a community that offers services while the other is the service itself. Assisted living facilities require a senior to move from their home into a community of other seniors. There is staff support on-site and amenities that will accommodate your family member. Home health care allows your family member to stay in the comfort of their own home while being visited by home health aides. They can choose how many aides they need and what the care is for. With home health care, this will allow seniors to continue feeling independent while still having the support they need in order to maintain their current living situation.

When it comes to living options for family members, costs are the topic of discussion. Although senior care is important, some insurances do not cover it. Depending on the services needed, out of pocket costs can be stressful so sitting down weighing out your options is a must. Assisted living facilities charge a month to month rate, while home health care services are charged by the hour. When hiring a home health aide, you may choose the length of time your family member needs care.

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