Assisted Living Vs In Home Care in Anoka, MN
Learn more about what differentiates Comfort Keepers in home care from assisted living.
Assisted living communities primarily serve seniors who require assistance in order to live on their own safely, are at least semi-mobile, and do not require a high level of care. In home care offers support to these seniors as well, but in-home care also offers supports for seniors who are bedridden, require extensive support, or who have progressive disorders.
Despite the many similarities between assisted living facilities and in home care, there are many differences. Sure, seniors who live in an assisted living facility call it home, but they do not own their apartment and it likely does not have all the comforts of their former residence. While assisted living facilities typically provide housekeeping, laundry, and transportation as part of the monthly rent, other support services, including meal preparation, medication management, and personal care, are often extra.
Anoka In Home Care
In-home care provides the same basic supports for activities of daily living as an assisted living facility, but in-home care also offers numerous other options. The most telling difference comes in the form of personal service. Assisted living care and support are provided according to a routine and schedule so all of the seniors in the community can be cared for efficiently. When a caregiver comes to a senior's home, the senior is the sole focus of the care. Should a senior's condition worsen at an assisted living facility, they may need to transfer to a location that provides more services and supports, a skilled care facility, or even a nursing home. Comfort Keepers in-home care provides services 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. They specialize in difficult conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease, and progressive health issues are not a problem since Comfort Keepers also provides hospital to home transition assistance, respite care support, and end of life care.
Assisted living facilities do focus on enriching a senior's life. They help a senior avoid loneliness and isolation by providing numerous exciting activities, trips, and entertainment options. The communal setting is a great way for seniors to make friends, and an on-site activities coordinator helps match seniors with activities they are able to enjoy.
In home care also focuses on enriching a senior's life. Comfort Keepers caregivers are trained in Interactive Caregiving, a trademarked method of caregiving that places the senior at the center of care and support, draws them into their caregiving routine, and ensures seniors are engaged socially, emotionally, and cognitively throughout their care experience. There is no denying that an assortment of activities is nice, and in-home caregivers integrate many activities into their care routine as well. However, it is not the number of activities that makes a difference. Rather, it is the quality of interactions, the meaningfulness of dialogue, and the personal nature of the contact that is going to maximize a senior's self-worth, self-esteem, and overall quality of life.
In short, if a senior is ready for a change of pace, wants to sell their property, and does not require a lot of support, then an assisted living facility may be the right choice. For seniors who require more support, have changing needs, and/or desire a more personalized approach to care and support, in home care may be the better choice.
Comfort Keepers In Home Care offers trusted senior care services to:
Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Calhoun, North Oaks and White Bear Lake, MN.