When you compare the benefits of assisted livings over home health care, there’s no contest as to which one is best.
Are you in the process of trying to determine what kind of care is best for your loved one? If your loved one does not require medical intervention on a regular basis, then you have the choice between an assisted living facility or home health care. Home health care has many pros, the biggest being that your loved one can stay in their home, but there are also downsides to home care as well that assisted livings help to address. If you haven’t already, check out our latest blog to learn about a few of the pros of choosing assisted living over home health care, and keep reading to learn more.
#5. Optimal Nutrition
Meeting your own nutritional needs is difficult enough when you can get to the grocery store and make all of your meals, but when you struggle with running errands and cooking, as many older people do, meeting your nutritional needs can be challenging. While food preparation can often be a part of the services provided by home health care agencies, that doesn’t necessarily mean that someone will be there to remind your loved one to eat — or to make sure that they actually do.
#6. Social and Intellectual Stimulation
When your loved one does nothing but sit at home all day, it’s all too easy for them to spend all of their time watching television. In fact, this is a common problem — in general, the amount of time spent watching television goes up as people get older. This is partly because television uses both visual and audio, and as older people sometimes have trouble seeing or hearing, watching television makes it easier to understand what’s going on, while relying less on the senses that aren’t quite as sharp as they used to be. This is why television is more popular than radio or books among older adults. Unfortunately, studies have shown that older people who spend much of their time watching television isolate themselves from the outside world on both an intellectual and social level. When your loved one lives in an assisted living facility, it gives them the opportunity to participate in activities that are socially and intellectually stimulating.
#7. Added Independence
Many people believe that choosing to live in an assisted living facility means giving up independence, but it can actually help your loved one stay more independent for longer. One of the biggest reasons for this is the fall prevention that assisted livings provide. For older adults, falls are the number one thing that can cause trauma-related hospital admissions, fractures and, most notably, loss of independence. As we mentioned in our last blog, assisted living facilities are equipped with many different modifications designed for fall prevention, like railings, grab bars, enhanced lighting, etc. And, since there is 24-hour care in an assisted living, if your loved one does fall, someone will be there to help them right away. In addition to fall prevention, assisted livings offer services and activities that help your loved one remain social, get exercise, stimulate their brain and so much more — all of which can keep your loved one healthier, happier and more independent for longer.
When it comes to choosing between assisted living facilities and home health care, both have pros, but here at Serenity Gardens, we think that the pros of assisted livings outweigh the pros of home health care. At our assisted living in Friendswood, we work hard to create an environment that feels like home, and we go above and beyond most assisted living facilities by offering memory care. Contact us today to schedule your tour.