Choosing where to live as an older adult can feel overwhelming because there are so many options available. But, choices are a good thing because they allow you to find the perfect fit for your personality, lifestyle, needs and budget. These are your golden years and you should be living your best life!
These days, elder care is offered on a spectrum. You may go through several types of living arrangements, or you may only need one. Let’s learn more about the differences between independent and assisted living, as well as the benefits to private duty care in the home.
Independent living is the least restrictive option because residents live in their own apartment and have access to common areas where they can gather with others in the community. Elders get to trade in the worries of homeownership – utility bills, home repairs, landscaping – for an active community where they can pursue their interests. There are also plenty of classes and activities to keep them mentally, physically and socially active.
Assisted living is the next step above independent living. It’s minimally restrictive, as residents have the ability to plan their days and participate in the activities they want. However, they have access to assistance with bathing, dressing, laundry and medication management. Living spaces may be private or shared, and housekeeping and maintenance are typically included in the price.
Private Duty Care
There’s another type of care to consider- private duty care. This type of care is provided to elderly individuals who require assistance with day-to-day activities such as housekeeping, meal preparation and companionship. The goal is to keep elders safe and comfortable in their own homes.
Some benefits of choosing private duty care are:
- Remain in the home for as long as possible
- Often more affordable than independent or assisted living
- Provide respite for caregivers
- Receive help with personal care – bathing, dressing, hygiene
- Receive medication reminders
- Get help with cooking and meal preparation – private duty nurses make sure their patients eat balanced meals
- Get transportation to doctors’ appointments, errands, etc.
- Specialized caregiving services available for those with dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc.
Private Duty Care Supports At-Home Living
Many seniors prefer to live in their homes for as long as they can. But to do so safely, they often need some type of support from a home care service. To learn more about private duty care and how it can benefit you, contact VNA Health today.