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If your elderly relative is no longer able to live entirely independently, it is time to seek help. Choosing between in-home care and an assisted living facility can be daunting, however, especially if you have never been in this situation before. There are pros and cons for each option which will determine what is best for your loved one.

Community vs. Independence

Many seniors would prefer to stay at home, if possible, as moving to an assisted living facility can be a huge change in independence and familiarity. However, for some older adults, the social programming, outings, and opportunities for companionship found through shared living can be a huge happiness booster. Your elderly relative likely has opinions about their care, and this should help inform your choices.

Cost vs. Needs

For a senior who needs a lot of help, or assistance around the clock, hiring in-home care can become very costly. This option is more affordable when it can be part time, either because the older adult is still somewhat independent, or because the care taking duties can be split between hired workers and family members. If a senior needs full-time help, an assisted living facility may be more cost effective.

The Long Term

If you know your elderly relative’s condition is likely to deteriorate, it may be a good idea to start out in an assisted living facility so he or she is already comfortable with the location and the staff before additional care is required.

An older adult needing specific safety or mobility measures may have a better experience at an assisted living facility, which is usually designed with these concerns in mind. If memory loss becomes an issue, an assisted living facility can keep your relative safe and secure.

Whatever option you choose for senior care, do your research and consider the needs of your loved one.